Development of the Gotha G.III. Mainstay of the German strategic bomber program. Later versions had biplane tails with twin fins and eliminated the position for the nose gunner. The blunt nose made it possible to place the engines closer together, and together with placing the tailfins in the slipstream this gave better one-engine performance -- making it possible to run the engine at full power. But none of the type G twin-engined biplanes could fly level on one engine. Another feature of the Gotha G was a 'tunnel' in the bottom of the tail, that made it possible for the tail gunner to cover the lower rear of the aircraft.
The G.IV (also produced by LVG and Siemens-Schuckert) was used in the first mass attack on England, when 21 Gothas raided Folkestone, Shorncliffe and elsewhere on 25 May 1917, killing about 95 people and injuring many others. On 13 June 14 Gothas attacked London for the first time and caused the worst casualties (of an air raid) of the war, with 162 people being killed and 432 injured. The heavy casualties suffered among the civilian population of England by these raids forced the return of aircraft from France to defend the cities, and such was their success that the last big raid on England during daylight hours was carried out on 12 August.
| ENGINE||2 x 260hp Mercedes D.IVa|
| Take-off weight||3975 kg||8763 lb|
| Empty weight||2740 kg||6041 lb|
| Wingspan||23.70 m||78 ft 9 in|
| Length||11.86 m||39 ft 11 in|
| Height||4.30 m||14 ft 1 in|
| Wing area||89.50 m2||963.37 sq ft|
| Max. speed||140 km/h||87 mph|
| Cruise speed||124 km/h||77 mph|
| Ceiling||6500 m||21350 ft|
| Range||522 km||324 miles|
Was engaged in camobat with Gotha's .. Plane has been rebuilt as a replica and now flying would like to hear from you at email attched Greg
To Prof Mag Heinz Linner.. are you building a full size Gotha????? keen to hear .. am involved in making a documentary of a Sopwith Pup which crashed in England.. Was engaged in camobat with Gotha's .. Plane has been rebuilt as a replica and now flying would like to hear from you at email attched Greg
hi i bought an amazing original model of a G 111 for my son at an auction , ARE THEY RARE ,with a 900 mm wing span , i love it , thoughts please
|Paul hasse, 22.12.2009|
I built this aircraft with cartoon. Plan: GPM Gotha GIV Nr.Kat.244 Seria "G" 1´2006 www.gpm.pl
A fine production!! P.Hasse
|Prof. Mag. Heinz Linner, 07.06.2009|
I have order to build a Gotha G IV in fly/con. The a/c is for a a/c museum in Germany. I have build for museums a austrian Alb. B I, a Etrich-Taube F 1912, a Etrich-Taube NM 1913, Phönix D I, Grade, Farman III, Bleriot XI, Harlan 1913, Etrich-Zanonia, Leonardo, in moment I work by two Po 2, all in fly/con. I have many drw. from the kuk a/c´s, so I hope, I can next year build a H-B C I. It´s a well job.
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