|First flight||Sept 1917 |
|Introduction||May 1918 |
|Number built||38 |
|Wingspan||19.3 m (63 ft 5 in) |
|Engine||2× 260hp Mercedes D.IVa inlines|
|Armament||rear flexible Parabellum|
|Max Speed||180 km/h (112 mph) |
|Climb||6,000 m (19,700 ft) in 38:00 |
|Service Ceiling||6,000 m (19,700 ft)|
|Range||630 km (390 mi) |
The GL or "lightened G" programme began with the Gotha G.VII/GL.VII. The engines were placed close together and the nose gunner position was removed. Fifty-five were ordered from Gotha, of which eight were delivered and Aviatik built thirty. L.V.G. was also awarded a contract. Most GL.VIIs reached the fronts only in ones and twos for flight testing, beginning in May 1918. The GL.VII retained the box tail of the Gotha G.Va. Ailerons were added to all wings and the wings were slightly swept to compensate for the removal of the nose gunner position.
Though G.VIIs were sent to the front for evaluation in small numbers starting in May 1918, it is not known whether any of them few operational sorties.
For more information, see Wikipedia:Gotha G.VII.
Miniatures and Models
- Shapeways: Kampfflieger GL.VII
- Herris'13, p.160.
- Lamberton, pp.222-223.
- Herris'14, pp.144-149.
- Gray, p.415.
- 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
- 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