Powered by a quartet of Mercedes D.IVa inline-six engines turning a single 22 foot tractor propeller, the largest single propeller ever used to propel any aircraft in aviation history. The quartet of Mercedes power plants were arranged in pairs in the central fuselage and drove the propeller through clutches, shafts and gearboxes. The engine arrangement allowed for inflight maintenance and the R.II could shut down up to two engines during flight.
Required a crew of six, with defensive guns placed in two dorsal and one ventral position.
The airframe was constructed largely of wood, with plywood covering the forward fuselage and a steel-tube v-strut chassis main undercarriage with two wheels and a tail-skid at the aft end of the fuselage.
Linke-Hofmann hoped to salvage their work in the aftermath of the Armistice by turning the R.II into a 12 passenger airliner, but the conditions of the Versailles treaty put an end to the project.
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