Gotha

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Gothaer Waggonfabrik A.G. (Gotha) built both twin-engine bombers and a series of seaplanes.

Production aircraft from the Great War or shortly thereafter include:

References[edit]

Notes
  1. The war ended while the G.VIII/GL.VIII was still undergoing prototype evaluation.[1]
  2. W.D. likely stands for Wasser Doppeldecker, or 'Water Biplane'
  3. Only the prototype W.D.5 was built.[2]. It was sent to Turkey on 13 July 1916.[3]
  4. The W.D.6 was the company designation for thirty Brandenburg NW's built under license by Gotha, aka the "Brandenburg NW(Go)".[4]
  5. Only a single WD.8 was built in late 1915[5]. It was delivered in Feb 1916 to Zeebrügge, where it was found unsuitable, and it was shipped to Turkey on 21 Sep 1916.[6]
  6. 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.[7] Nowarra hints that there may have been a small production order for use by Turkey.[5]
  7. The WD.10 was a project only.[5]. It was destroyed during testing in 1916.[8]
  8. The WD.15 was a single-seat seaplane fighter that did not go into production.[9]
  9. The WD.20 was a three-seat, twin engined long-range reconnaissance seaplane based on the WD.14. Only 1-3 were completed.[9]
Citations
  1. Herris, p.168.
  2. Nowarra, p.44.
  3. Herris, p.42.
  4. Herris, p.44.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Nowarra, p.46.
  6. Herris, p.48.
  7. Herris, p.51.
  8. Herris, p.54.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Nowarra, p.56.
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