Friedrichshafen G.IV

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Friedrichshafen G.IV
Role Bomber
Manufacturer Friedrichshafen
Introduction 1918 [1]
Primary user Cross-Pattee-alternate3.svg Germany
Number built ≤135[note 1]
Wingspan 22.6 m (74 ft 2 in)[3]
Engine 2×260hp pusher[4]
Armament rear flexible Parabellum
Max Speed 142 km/h (88 mph)[3]

The Friedrichshafen G.IV was a strengthened Friedrichshafen G.IIIa, intended to carry a larger bomb load. Four-bay wings were employed. It was also known as the F55. The tail surfaces remained with the box-tail of the G.IIIa. [1][2]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Friedrichshafen G.IV.

Timeline [note 2]


  1. 100 were ordered from Friedrichshafen and 35 from Daimler.[2]
  2. German numbers are from bi-monthly Frontbestand records (Effective Frontline Strength).[5]
  1. 1.0 1.1 Gray, p.382.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Herris'14, pp.79-89.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Harris'14, p.73.
  4. Lamberton, p.146.
  5. Grosz'85, p.60 and Grosz'86, p.66.
  • 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.
  • Jack Herris, German G-Type Bombers of WWI. Aeronaut Books, 2014. ISBN 978-1-935881-26-1.
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Reconnaissance & Bomber Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Ltd., 1962. ISBN 9780900435027