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.
| ENGINE||2 x 260hp Mercedes D.IVa|
| Take-off weight||3630 kg||8003 lb|
| Wingspan||18.4 m||60 ft 4 in|
| Length||9.7 m||32 ft 10 in|
| Height||3.9 m||13 ft 10 in|
| Max. speed||165 km/h||103 mph|
| Ceiling||4500 m||14750 ft|
| ARMAMENT||2 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.
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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