Ago C.IV

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Ago C.IV
AGO C.IV side.jpg
Role Reconnaissance
Manufacturer Ago
Introduction late 1916
Primary user Cross-Pattee-alternate3.svg Germany
Number built 70[1]-330 [2]
Wingspan 12.0 m (39 ft 4 in) [3]
Engine 220hp Benz Bz.IV inline
Crew 2
Max Speed 153 km/h (95 mph)[3] to 190 km/h (118 mph)[4]
Climb 1,500 m (5,000 ft) in 9:00[3]
3,000 m (9,840 ft) in 22:00[4][3]
4,000 m (13,000 ft) in 50:00[3]
Ceiling 5,500 m (18,000 ft)[4][3]
Endurance 4:00 [4]

The Ago C.IV is instantly recognizable by its sharply tapered wings. While aerodynmically efficient (as hundreds of WWII designs proved), it made the C.IV difficult to manufacture. Their crews found them difficult to fly and with limited climbing capability, which is surprising given their excellent Benz engine.[2]

The addition of double ailerons, a curved fin, and extra wing bracing improved its handling, but by that time there were much better two-seaters available.[1]

For more information, see Wikipedia:AGO C.IV.

Timeline [note 1][edit]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. German numbers are from bi-monthly Frontbestand records (Effective Frontline Strength).[5]
Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 Lamberton, p.114.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Gray, p.13.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Lamberton, pp.220-221.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Gray, p.16.
  5. Grosz'85, p.60 and Grosz'86, p.66.
Bibliography
  • Peter Gray and Owen Thetford. German Aircraft of the First World War. Great Britain, Putnam, 1962, 1987. ISBN 0-85177-809-7.
  • Peter M. Grosz, "Archiv -- Frontbestand". WW1 Aero, № 107, Dec 1985 and № 108, Feb 1986. Poughkeepsie, NY: World War I Aeroplanes, Inc.
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Reconnaissance & Bomber Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Ltd., 1962.