From Wings of Linen
Role Reconnaissance
Manufacturer L.V.G.
Designer Franz Schneider [1]
First flight 1915
Introduction 1916 [note 1]
Primary user Germany
Number built 125 [3]
Wingspan 13.6 m (44 ft 7 in) [4]
Propeller Diam. 3.4 m (11 ft 2 in)
Engine 220hp Mercedes D.IV inline-8
Armament fixed, sync. MG
flexible rear Parabellum
68 kg (150 lb)[4] of bombs
Crew 2
Max Speed 172 km/h (107 mph) [5]
Climb 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 6:00[5]
2,000 m (6,560 ft) in 13:00[5]
3,000 m (9,840 ft) in 24:30[5]
4,000 m (13,100 ft) in 43:30[5]

The L.V.G. C.IV was an enlarged version of the excellent L.V.G. C.II. Appearing in 1916, the C.IV used the 220hp Mercedes D.IV geared engine, which likely limited both production and deployment, as it had on almost every plane using that engine.[6] Only 424 D.IV engines were completed during the war, and for a long time the engine was thought to be problematic. [note 2] Period sources, however, indicate that the D.IV engine performed without problems in single-engine applications and that the vibration problems were confined to the A.E.G. G.III with its twin-engine mounting.[1]

In fact, the LVG C.IV was well-praised when it first started to filter into units in August 1916. It was only when a new generation of two-seaters a year later that the C.IV started looking obsolete and was slowly withdrawn from duties.[7]

It was an LVG C.IV that made the first daylight aeroplane raid on London on 28 November 1916. [8] Though little damage was caused and the plane was captured in France after its raid, it did serve as a preview of raids over the next two years.[9]

For more information, see Wikipedia:LVG C.II.

Timeline [note 3]

Game Data

Wings of Glory

Preliminary Stats
Availability Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
15Q4-17Q2 K B/B 14 11? 5

Miniatures and Models

1:144 Scale

1:285/6mm/1:288 Scale


Orthographic Drawings


  1. It appears a prototype was sent to the front in December 1915, but it was not until August 1916 that production machines came into service.[2]
  2. By contrast, over 4500 D.IVa's were built.[1]
  3. German numbers are from bi-monthly Frontbestand records (Effective Frontline Strength).[10]
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Grosz'05, p.3.
  2. Grosz'05, p.20.
  3. Grosz'05, p.24.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Lamberton, pp.222-223.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Grosz'05, p.28.
  6. Munson, p.118.
  7. Grosz'05, p.22.
  8. Gray, p.476.
  9. Grosz'05, p.23.
  10. 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.
  • P.M. Grosz, Windsock Datafile 112: The LVG C.IV, Great Britain: Albatros Productions, Ltd., 2005. ISBN 1-902207-74-2
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Reconnaissance & Bomber Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Ltd., 1962. ISBN 9780900435027
  • Kenneth Munson, Bombers: Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft, 1914-1919. New York: The MacMillan Company, 1968, Blandford Press Ltd. ISBN 978-0753721711