Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  

Happy surprises with the Roland C.II

Recommended Posts

On a whim, I selected the C.II for a stroll over Allied lines last night. It was a very pleasent experience. It flew well, had a reasonable amount of power, was forgiving and didn't stall repeatedly. And it was nice have a rear gunner protecting my butt. I recall reading that the C.II was designed as a bomber but was so agile that they could fly fighter cover for bomber C.II's


When were they operational? When my TrackIR gets here, I think I'd like to put a pilot in a German unit and fly a mission with it.


Can you have a British pilot and a German pilot at the same time in OFF, and not be shot for treason?

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Here's what Wikipedia have about it: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roland_C.II


It was used 1916, and into first half of 1917. It could not only defend itself, but, like the

Strutter for example, operate like a heavy fighter.

"Bloody April 1917" was, more than a fighter's fight, an airbattle of mainly two-seaters.




Technische Daten


* Charakteristika

o Hersteller: Luftfahrzeug Gesellschaft m.b.h, Berlin Charlottenburg (Roland)

o Typ: Aufklärungsflugzeug (Reconnaisance plane)

o Motor: ein 160 PS Mercedes D.III wassergekühlter Sechszylinder Reihenmotor (watercooled 6cylinder inline)

o Erstflug: Oktober 1915

o Stückzahl gebaut: circa 300

o Besatzung: zwei Mann


* Abmessungen

o Spannweite: 10,33 m (Wingspan)

o Länge: 7,70 m (length)

o Höhe: 2,90 m (height)

o Flügelabstand: 1,32 m (dist. between wings)

o Leitwerksspannweite: 2,08 m (tail fin span)

o Tragflügelfläche: 27,96 m² (wing surfaces)


* Gewicht (weight)

o Gewicht (leer): 789 Kg, andere Quelle: 764 Kg

o Gewicht (beladen): 1309 Kg, andere Quelle: 1284 Kg


* Leistung

o Höchstgeschwindigkeit: 165 Km/h

o Steigrate 1000m: in 7 Minuten (climb rate)

o Steigrate 2000m: in 14 Minuten

o Steigrate 3000m: in 26 Minuten

o Flugdauer: 4-5 Stunden (flight time)


And, yes, you can fly all sides. I have had two pilots, on S.E.5a and Sopwith Camel;

besides my German pilots. That is so great about this sim: the choice!

Edited by Olham

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

I really like the Roland CII "Walfisch". It is a pleasant experience and I'm afraid it will be overlooked by many. I haven't flown it yet with TrackIR but I look forward to it.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

I have flown it with TrackIR, but now I can't remember, what I did,

to get the TrackIR view for the rear gunner? First, I could only look around

by moving my machine gun round. But then I have found a way, to look around

by TrackIR's head movements. But I can't remember, what I did?

Does anyone know?

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Olham, find out..... find out..... pleeeeease remember...... I have a hard time flying the 2 seaters because when I am in the gunners seat I am soooo used to being able to move my head that I get closterphobic because I can't... :sad:

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Okay, will check on Sunday (no time today; social duties - cooking for friends!)

But try all cockpit views, like "virtual cockpit" (check "controls") - it must be somewere

(if I haven't dreamt it - Lol!)


Edit/PS: hmmm - thinking deeper about it, it might have been different: I could have used

the coolie hat glide view. I think, that's what I did. Sorry... But I'll check anyway.

Edited by Olham

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

I think I am going to systematicaly fly every type, and check them all out, to see which i like.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  


Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue..