The G.I was an unusual-looking biplane with its wings and fuselage arranged in a similar manner to that chosen by Fairey for its Hendon bomber many years later. The first G.I flew in July 1915 followed by a further 17 of these three seater
machines. While the prototype used two 160hp Mercedes D
Ills, the production aircraft employed two 150hp Benz Bz Ills.
mounted on the lower wing. A single Mercedes D.III-engined example of a seaplane version was also completed as the U.W.D. (Ursinus Wasser Doppeldecker, or Oscar Ursinus-designed float biplane).
|A three-view drawing (688 x 244)|
| MODEL||G I|
| ENGINE||2 x Benz Bz-III, 110kW|
| Take-off weight||2810 kg||6195 lb|
| Wingspan||22.0/19.7 m||72 ft 2 in / 65 ft 8 in|
| Length||12.9 m||42 ft 4 in|
| Height||3.9 m||13 ft 10 in|
| Wing area||82.0 m2||882.64 sq ft|
| Max. speed||130 km/h||81 mph|
| Ceiling||2700 m||8850 ft|
| Range w/max.fuel||540 km||336 miles|
| ARMAMENT||1 machine-gun|
How common would it have been to seen one of these Gothas?
|Gonšalo de Sousa, 12.11.2006|
The Heyford is a Handley Page (Handley Page HP.50 Heyford).
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