The AEG C.IV formed the most important aircraft of the C Group, as in this model for the first time a synchronized machine gun was installed for the pilot, with which both the observer and the pilot could perform attacks and repel. In addition, this variant served as a template for later aircraft.


Development and construction:

In the construction of the C.IV the engineers oriented themselves on the C.II model. Although a quite effective prototype was developed with the C.III, hardly any technical innovations were adopted from it.

The C.IV version was slightly larger than the C.II. The decisive innovation, however, was the machine gun synchronized with the engine, which allowed the pilot to also carry out attacks. This not only fought enemy fighters, but also ground targets.

The C.IV was thus the standard aircraft of the AEG C series. Although other versions were then built, but they all remained in the prototype status and were not further produced.

In addition to the successor models emerged from the C.IV series also a version for a night bomber under the name AEG C.IV.N. This prototype was developed in 1917 and had a stronger engine and a wider span. However, this model did not reach beyond the status of the prototype.

The situation was different with the ground attack aircraft AEG J.I, which was developed from the C.IV version. This aircraft, which was specially developed to combat ground targets, was produced in large numbers.












Use in the First World War:

The AEG C.IV aircraft quickly replaced the two previous variants at the front after the launch. Due to the high number of over 400 aircraft, these formed the backbone of the German Enlightenment until the end of the war.




Technical specifications:

Designation: AEG C.IV
Country: German Empire
Typ: Armed reconnaissance aircraft
Length: 7,18 meters
Span: 13,45 meters
Height: 3,35 meters
Mass: 800kg empty
Crew: Max. 2
Engine: Mercedes D III engine with 119 kW (160 PS)
Maximum speed: 158 km/h
Reach: unknown
Armament: a 7,92 mm forward facing 08/15 machine gun and a 7,92 mm Parabellum machine gun






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