Gotha W.D.11

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Gotha W.D.11
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Role Torpedo Seaplane
Manufacturer Gotha
Designer Rösner[1]
First flight Oct 1916 [2]
Primary user Cross-Pattee-alternate3.svg Germany
Number built 17 [1]
Wingspan 22.5 m (73 ft 10 in)[1][3]
Engine 2×160hp Mercedes D.III inlines
Armament front flexible Parabellum and
(sometimes) a rear flexible Parabellum
730 kg (1,600 lb) Whitehead G/125 torpedo or
500 kg (1,100 lb) of bombs or
Teka anti-shipping mine[1]
Max Speed 120 km/h (75 mph) [4][1][3]
Climb 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 12:00[4][1][3]
1,500 m (4,920 ft) in 20:00[1]
Ceiling 3,200 m (10,500 ft) [1][3]
Range 500 km (310 mi) [1]

Seventeen twin-engined Gotha WD.11 torpedo seaplanes were ordered, but torpedo use was found to be difficult and perilous, and most WD.11s fell back to conventional seaplane bomb use.[1] It was larger than the preceding Gotha W.D.7, and deliveries ran from March through July 1917. [4]

The majority of its service took place in the Baltic against Russian (and -- after 1917 -- Finnish) shipping and on patrol.[5]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Gotha WD.11.

Miniatures and Models

1:144 Scale

1:285/6mm/1:288 Scale

Resources

Orthographic Drawings

References

Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Herris, p.57.
  2. Herris, p.94.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Nowarra, pp.204-205.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Gray, p.403.
  5. Nowarra, p.46.
Bibliography
  • Peter Gray and Owen Thetford. German Aircraft of the First World War. Great Britain, Putnam, 1962, 1987. ISBN 0-85177-809-7.
  • Jack Herris, Gotha Aircraft of WWI. USA, Aeronaut Books, 2013. ISBN 978-1-935881-14-8
  • Heinz J. Nowarra, Bruce Robertson, and Peter G. Cooksley. Marine Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Letchworth, Herts, England: Harleyford Publications Limited, 1966. ISBN 0900435070