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The majority of over 540 AEG G bombers built were of G.IV type, powered by 194kW Mercedes D.IVa engines. G.IVs became operational in late 1916, remaining in service until the Armistice. Even with a warload twice that of the G.II it was not successful in terms of offensive capacity or performance and was often used in a photographic reconnaissance role or as a general combat aircraft.


 ENGINE2 x 260hp Mercedes D.IVa
    Take-off weight3630 kg8003 lb
    Wingspan18.4 m60 ft 4 in
    Length9.7 m32 ft 10 in
    Height3.9 m13 ft 10 in
    Max. speed165 km/h103 mph
    Ceiling4500 m14750 ft
 ARMAMENT2 machine guns, 400kg of bombs

Paul Willson, 25.03.2015

The only ARG IV leftv is in the possession of the Canadian War Museum. In fact it is the only surviving original German WW I bomber.

Barry, 23.04.2012

The AEG bombers were an attempt at producing a bomber that fell between single engined types and larger aircraft as built by Gotha and Zeppellin Straken. Whilst the range was limited to about 400 miles and therefore not suitable for bombing England they were used on both day and night missions on the Western, Italian and Balkan fronts. They were reportedly good at withstanding punishment and were pleasent to fly and lasted until the end of hostilities by which time they were obsolescent.

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