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Gothaer Waggonfabrik A.G. (Gotha) built both twin-engine bombers and a series of seaplanes, as well as a small number of Tauben and unarmed biplanes.
Production aircraft from the Great War or shortly thereafter include:
- Reconnaissance Biplanes [note 2]
- Seaplanes [note 10]
- The war ended while the G.VIII/GL.VIII was still undergoing prototype evaluation.
- Gotha's LD series was only built in small numbers. LD stands for Land Doppeldecker.
- Gotha built a single LD.1 in 1914 as a testing platform, leading to the LD series.
- Gotha license-built a single Caudron G-type in 1913 as the LD.3. 
- The LD.4 was a 1914 LD.3 variant with side-by-side seating for the pilot and observer.
- The single LD.5 biplane saw no production and spent its life as a trainer.
- The Gotha LD.6 prototype crashed. An improved LD.6a failed to meet acceptance criteria and was used as a trainer.
- Eight LE.1 Tauben were built as trainers in 1913.
- A single LE.4 was built in 1914. It replaced the familiar, massive Taube tail with a more contemporary design.
- W.D. likely stands for Wasser Doppeldecker, or 'Water Biplane'
- Only the prototype W.D.5 was built.. It was sent to Turkey on 13 July 1916.
- The W.D.6 was the company designation for thirty Brandenburg NW's built under license by Gotha, aka the "Brandenburg NW(Go)".
- Only a single WD.8 was built in late 1915. It was delivered in Feb 1916 to Zeebrügge, where it was found unsuitable, and it was shipped to Turkey on 21 Sep 1916.
- The WD.9 was derived from the WD.5. It served at Zeebrügge from May to June 1916 before being sent to Turkey in Sept. Nowarra hints that there may have been a small production order for use by Turkey.
- The WD.10 was a project only.. It was destroyed during testing in 1916.
- The WD.15 was a single-seat seaplane fighter that did not go into production.
- The WD.20 was a three-seat, twin engined long-range reconnaissance seaplane based on the WD.14. Only 1-3 were completed.
- Herris, p.168.
- Herris, p.13.
- Herris, p.16.
- Herris, p.17.
- Herris, p.18.
- Herris, p.19.
- Herris, p.6.
- Herris, p.11.
- Nowarra, p.44.
- Herris, p.42.
- Herris, p.44.
- Nowarra, p.46.
- Herris, p.48.
- Herris, p.51.
- Herris, p.54.
- Nowarra, p.56.
- 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