Gotha G.IV

The Gotha G.IV was the first bomber of the company Gothaer Waggonfabrik, which was produced in larger quantities and had first carried out attacks on England.


Development and construction:

Under the direction of the designer Hans Burkhard, the successor model was built with only a few changes based on the findings of Gotha G.III. Since these bombers were intended as a long-range bomber for use against the British mainland, during the development was taken to ensure that the aircraft through its hull made of plywood emergency landing on the water and there swimming for some time.

Furthermore, the lateral stability was stabilized by additional ailerons, which was criticized in G.III. Similarly, for the shooter at the rear again a hole for shooting down was installed. An additional third and fourth machine gun should increase the firepower of the aircraft. Overall, the flight performance could be improved only slightly compared to the previous model.

From November 1916 to February 1917, the company ordered a total of 50 aircraft. In addition, 100 pieces of the Luft-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft A.G. and 80 pieces built in the Siemens Schuckert Werken. At the LVG and Siemens, the German Army Command demanded that the aircraft built there should be given a stronger hull. In order to implement this project, some adjustments had to be made, so that the Gotha G.IV were built and used in three different variants.


Gotha G.IV


Gotha G.IV


Gotha G.IV


Gotha G.IV Cockpit




Use in the First World War:

From March 1917, the first Gotha G.IV were delivered to the combat squadron of the Supreme Army Command 1 in Ghent, Belgium. From there, the air raids on London were flown in May 1917. At first, mainly during the daytime, when the British air defense became stronger and stronger, the attacks were flown from September 1917 only at night. In August 1918, the last Gotha G.IV were exchanged for the Gotha G.V.

Around 40 Gotha G.IV aircraft were also delivered to Austria-Hungary, which used these aircraft at the front to Italy until the end of the war.




Technical specifications:

Designation: Gotha G.IV
Country: German Empire
Typ: Bomber
Length: 12,4 meters
Span: 23,7 meters
Height: 3,85 meters
Mass: 2400 kg empty
Crew: 3 to 4
Engine: two water-cooled six-cylinder inline engines Mercedes D IVa with each 260 hp
Maximum speed: 140 km/h
Reach: 490 kilometers
Armament: 3 - 4 x 7,92 mm Parabellum LMG 08/15 machine guns and up to 500 kg bombs






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Fokker Dr I Aces of World War 1 (Aircraft of the Aces)

Fokker Dr I Aces of World War 1 (Aircraft of the Aces) Paperback – Bargain Price, August 25, 2001

Undoubtedly the most famous fighter type to see service on either side during World War 1, the Fokker Dr I was a revelation when it entered service on the western front in 1917. Manfred von Richthofen’s JG 1 ‘circus’ was the first Jasta to completely re-equip with the new fighter, and in the skilled hands of its numerous aces the Dr I proved a formidable opponent. The Dr I remained in service on the Western Front until replaced by the superior Fokker D VII in May 1918. Just weeks prior to that, however, Germany’s leading ace, the great ‘Red Baron’, had been killed at the controls of a Dr I.

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Friedrichshafen Aircraft of WWI: A Centennial Perspective on Great War Airplanes (Great War Aviation) (Volume 21)

Friedrichshafen Aircraft of WWI: A Centennial Perspective on Great War Airplanes (Great War Aviation) (Volume 21) Paperback – February 16, 2016

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German and Austro-Hungarian Aircraft Manufacturers 1908-1918

German and Austro-Hungarian Aircraft Manufacturers 1908-1918 Paperback – December 15, 2010

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The Zeppelin in Combat: A History of the German Naval Airship Division

The Zeppelin in Combat: A History of the German Naval Airship Division Hardcover – January 9, 1997

The standard reference now revised and expanded. Dr. Robinson has opened up his vast photo archives to enhance this new edition of his classic work. Much of the new photographic material is published here for the first time.

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