Gotha Ursinus G.I

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Gotha G.I
Role Bomber
Manufacturer Gotha
Designer Oskar Ursinus and Friedel
First flight 30 Jan 1915 [1]
Introduction July 1915 [2]
Primary user Germany
Number built 18 + prototype
Variants Gotha WD.4 (UWD)
Wingspan 20.3 m (66 ft 6 in) [3][4][5]
Engine 2×160hp Mercedes D.III inlines or
2×150hp Benz Bz.III inlines [note 1]
Armament 1-2 flexible Parabellum
250–350 kg (550–770 lb) of bombs[6][7][note 2]
Crew 2-3[8][4]
Max Speed 119 km/h (74 mph)[3] - 130 km/h (81 mph)[6][4][5]
Climb 2,000 m (6,560 ft) in 47:00[5]
Ceiling 2,700 m (8,860 ft)[4]-2,750 m (9,020 ft)[6][3]
Range 540 km (335 mi) [3]
Endurance 4:00 [6][4]

The Gotha G.I started life as the Friedel-Ursinus B.1092/14, a concept for a highly armed "aerial cruiser". They were found to be too slow to be of any use as a battleplane, so they found new life as bombers. Ordered in three batches of six, the last delivered in March 1916. Only the last batch had two machine guns (and gunners), the rest carried only one gunner and the pilot. [9]

200 kg (440 lb) of armor protected the crew and engines in the prototype (B.1092/14). Though the high fuselage gave superb upwards vision and the close-mounted engine design maintained flight even with one engine out, it was difficult to land and found dangerous to the crew in case of a nose-over. The prototype saw trials on the Eastern Front (Germany's first twin-engine bomber) and it was found useful enough to lead to a small production run with Gotha.[10]

The original designs were modified by Ing. Burkhard of Gotha. The armor was moved to the load-bearing structure (and eventually eliminated). The first factory unit was finished in July 1915, and a set of them were built through the end of 1915. They were used in the latter part of 1915 and early 1916, with the last of them retiring in autumn 1916.[10]

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


Game Data

Wings of Glory

Official Stats
Availability Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
15Q3-16Q4 XB (S) 15 7 8

Plane and Crew Cards

Miniatures and Models

1:144 Scale

1:200 Scale


  1. The original used two 100hp Mercedes D.I engines.[5]
  2. The last batch of six, powered by Mercedes engines, featured two guns and the larger bomb load.[7]
  1. Herris'13, p.97.
  2. Herris'13, p.94.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Lamberton, pp.222-223.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Grosz'66, p.16.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Herris'14, p.97.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Gray, p.410.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Herris'14, p.105.
  8. Lamberton, p.158.
  9. Herris, p.97.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Grosz'66, pp.3-5.
  • 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, 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
  • 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