Gotha G.V Bomber Plane
The Gotha G.V was a heavy bomber used by the German Air-force, the "Luftstreitkräfte", during WW1. It was based on the existing Gotha G.IV, however in reality the performance of the aircraft was no better than the aircraft it was meant to replace and in consequence only eighty aircraft had been produced by the Armistice. It is of note that the Gotha G.V was first used on May the 25th 1917, when 21 aircraft made a daylight raid on Kent, later the bomber was used successfully during night bombing raids on England in the last few months of WW1 in an attempt to cause greater effect than the earlier Zeppelin bombing raids had achieved.
|Gotha G.V Specifications: |
- Crew: Pilot and two gunners
- Length: 12.42 m (40 ft 8 in)
- Wingspan: 23.70 m (77 ft 9 in)
- Height: 4.5 m (14 ft)
- Wing area: 89.5 m² (963.6 ft²)
- Empty weight: 2,739 kg (6,039 lb)
- Max takeoff weight: 3,967 kg (8,745 lb)
- Engines: Twin 260 hp (191 kW) Mercedes D.IVa inline engines
- Maximum speed: 140 km/h (87 mph)
- Range: 840 km (522 miles)
- Service ceiling 6,500 m (21,325 ft)
Gotha G.V Armament:
- Two or three 7.92 mm Parabellum LMG 14 machine guns
- 3,307 lb (1,500 kg) of internally carried bombs
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