Caudron R.4

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Caudron R.4
Role Reconnaissance/Escort
Manufacturer Caudron
Designer René Caudron
First flight June 1915[1]
Introduction Oct 1916
Primary user Roundel of the French Air Force before 1945.svg France
Number built 249
Wingspan 21.2 m (69 ft 5 in) [2]
Engine 2× 130hp Renualt 12Db inlines
Armament 2× forward flexible Lewis MG and
2× rear flexible Lewis MG
100 kg (220 lb) of bombs[2]
Crew 3
Max Speed 130 km/h (81 mph)[3] to 138 km/h (86 mph)[2][note 1]
Climb 2,000 m (6,560 ft) in 18:00[3][2]
9,800 ft (3,000 m) in 35:00[2]
Ceiling 4,600 m (15,100 ft)[3][2]
Range 500 km (310 mi)[3]
Endurance 3:00 [3][2]

The Caudron G.3 and G.4 had no protection in the tail, and the Caudron G.6 and Caudron R.4 were designed to remedy this deficiency. The R.4 was initially intended as a bomber, but the limited horsepower of its two 130hp Renault engines limited its lifting power. It found its niche in reconnaissance and escort missions, where they began trickling in to units starting in the latter months of 1916. In all, 249 were built, and they served in small numbers with various units until they began to be replaced with the highly successful R.11 and various Letords. Escadrille R210, equipped with R.4's from October 1916 to July 1917, reported damaging 34 enemy aircraft in a two-month period, proving the R.4's worth as a gun platform.[1]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Caudron R.4.

Timeline [note 2]

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Unofficial Stats
Availability Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
17Q1-18Q2 XB A/A 14 11 6

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  1. Some sources say 160 km/h (99 mph) maximum speed.[3]
  2. Plane counts are approximate and based of escadrille usage in Davilla'97.
  1. 1.0 1.1 Davilla, p.163.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Lamberton, pp.216-218.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Davilla, p.166.
  • Dr. James J. Davilla and Arthur M. Soltan. French Aircraft of the First World War. Flying Machines Press, 1997. ISBN 0-9637110-4-0.
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Reconnaissance & Bomber Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Ltd., 1962. ISBN 9780900435027