The Gotha type B.I and B.II aircraft were training and reconnaissance aircraft built for the German army before the company produced predominantly bombers during the war.
Development and construction:
The Gothaer Waggonfabrik began with the production of airships already in the year 1909, the production of airplanes followed in the year 1912. Initially monoplanes were built as prototypes. When the German army announced the requirements for airplanes to build up an air force, in 1913 the aircraft construction department was founded.
Like most other aircraft of that time, the design was based on the Etrich Taube (Rumpler Taube), but already in April 1913, the LE 2 was the first in-house development can be presented. From 1914, the first biplane under the name LD 4 and LD 5 were built.
The military use of the Gotha aircraft took place with the biplane LD 7, which was used as a reconnaissance aircraft by the German army.
Use in the First World War:
The reconnaissance aircraft Gotha B.I was used until the end of 1915 on the western front by the German army.
With the advent of the first fighters, the weaknesses in the lack of armament and the bad armor were shown, so that the aircraft was withdrawn from the front by the end of the year.
The Gotha B.II was already planned for its introduction as a training aircraft, since this had as well as its predecessor model no armament or sufficient armor.
|Engine:||Water-cooled 6-cylinder in-line engine Mercedes D.II, 120PS|
|Maximum speed:||125 km/h|
|Engine:||Oberursel U.I circulating engine, 100PS|
|Maximum speed:||115 km/h|
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