Gotha G.Vb

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Gotha G.Vb
Role Bomber
Manufacturer Gotha
Introduction summer 1918
Primary user Cross-Pattee-alternate3.svg Germany
Number built 80 [1]
Developed from Gotha G.V
Variants G.Va
Wingspan 23.7 m (77 ft 10 in) [2]
Engine 2× 260hp Mercedes D.IVa inlines
Armament forward flexible Parabellum
rear flexible Parabellum[note 1]
590 kg (1,300 lb)[2] of bombs
Max Speed 135 km/h (84 mph)[3][2]
Ceiling 6,200 m (20,500 ft) [2]
Range 800 km (500 mi) [2]

The Gotha G.Vb was a further attempt to extend the useful life of the Gotha G.V by adding Flettner server controls and a strengthened undercarriage, but by the time of the G.Vb's arrival, the Gotha design was far past its prime.[1] The G.Vb also featured a compound tail assembly.[3]

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

Timeline [note 2][edit]


  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]
  1. 1.0 1.1 Herris, p.135.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Lamberton, pp.222-223.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Gray, p.412.
  4. 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, 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.