AEG G.I /G.II/G.III/G.IV

AEG G.I 

It was tested and found to be viable for air-fighting in the latter half of 1915 but performed poorly, necessitating the development of the AEG G.II.

The AEG G.I was a three-seat, twin-engine German biplane bomber aircraft of World War I.

AEG G.II

The AEG G.II was a German biplane bomber aircraft of World War I developed from the AEG G.I, with more powerful engines.

The G.II was typically armed with three 7.92 mm (.312 in) machine guns and 200 kg (440 lb) of bombs.

The bomber suffered stability problems, and many G.IIs were fitted with additional vertical tail surfaces on each side of the fin and rudder to improve flight handling characteristics.

This aircraft was the first assignment of Baron Von Richtofen

prior to becoming a pilot.

AEG G.III

The AEG G.III was a German biplane bomber aircraft of World War I developed from the G.II.

Like its predecessor, it was only built in small numbers and saw limited operational use, mainly far from the main fronts of the war.

AEG G.IV

The AEG G.IV was a biplane bomber aircraft used in World War I by Germany.

It was developed from the AEG G.III, with refinements to power, bomb-load and dimensions.

Coming into service in late 1916, it featured a bomb capacity twice as large as that of the AEG G.II, but was still considered inadequate in terms of offensive capacity and performance.

Further improvements led to the development of the G.V, but the Armistice came before the replacement could become operational.

Serving late in the war, the AEG G.IV managed to achieve some operational success in reconnaissance and combat roles.

Specifications

Crew

4

Length

9.1 m (29 ft 10.26 in)

Wingspan

16.2 m (53 ft 1.79 in)

Height

3.49 m (11 ft 5.40 in)

Wing area

59 m2 (640 sq ft)

Empty weight

1,450 kg (3,196 lb)

Gross weight

2,470 kg (5,445 lb)

Max take-off weight

2,464 kg (5,434 lb)

Powerplant

2 × Benz Bz.III 6-cyl. water-cooled in-line piston engine, 112 kW (150 hp) each

Performance

Maximum speed

140 km/h (87 mph, 76 kn)

Range

700 km (434 mi, 377 nmi)

Service ceiling

3,000 m (9,842 ft)

Rate of climb

1.52 m/s (299 ft/min)

Time to altitude

1,000m (3,281ft) in 11 minutes

Armament

Guns

up to

3 × 7.92 mm (.312 in) machine guns

Bombs

200 kg (440 lb) of bombs.

 

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