Gotha G.Va

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Gotha G.Va
Role Bomber
Manufacturer Gotha
First flight Feb 1918[1]
Introduction April 1918[1]
Primary user Cross-Pattee-alternate3.svg Germany
Number built 25 [2]
Developed from Gotha G.V
Variants G.Vb
Wingspan 23.7 m (77 ft 10 in) [3][1]
Engine 2× 260hp Mercedes D.IVa inlines
Armament forward flexible Parabellum
rear flexible Parabellum[note 1]
590 kg (1,300 lb)[3] of bombs
Crew 3 [1]
Max Speed 140 km/h (87 mph) [3][1]
Ceiling 6,200 m (20,500 ft) [3]
Range 840 km (520 mi) [3]
Endurance 6:00[1]

The Gotha G.Va was a refined version of the Gotha G.V with a box tail with twin elevators and rudders and roll-over prevention wheels. Twenty-five were built before production shifted to the Gotha G.Vb.

Deliveries started in spring of 1918 and continued until production shifted to the Gotha G.Vb in June.[1]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Gotha G.V.

Timeline [note 2]

References

Notes
  1. This gun could fire downwards through a tunnel in the fuselage.
  2. German numbers are from bi-monthly Frontbestand records (Effective Frontline Strength).[4]
Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Grosz'66, p.16.
  2. Herris, p.135.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Lamberton, pp.222-223.
  4. Grosz'85, p.60 and Grosz'86, p.66.
Bibliography
  • Peter M. Grosz, "Archiv -- Frontbestand". WW1 Aero, № 107, Dec 1985 and № 108, Feb 1986. Poughkeepsie, NY: World War I Aeroplanes, Inc.
  • Peter M. Grosz, Profile Publications 115: The Gotha GI-GV. Great Britain: Profile Publications, Ltd., 1966.
  • Jack Herris, Gotha Aircraft of WWI. USA, Aeronaut Books, 2013. ISBN 978-1-935881-14-8
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Reconnaissance & Bomber Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Ltd., 1962. ISBN 9780900435027