Caudron G.3


1st Flight 1913

Crew: 1

Length: 6.4 m (21 ft 0 in)

Wingspan: 13.4 m (44 ft 0 in)

Height: 2.5 m (8 ft 2 in)

Wing area: 27 m2 (290 sq ft)

Empty weight: 420 kg (926 lb)

Max takeoff weight: 710 kg (1,565 lb)

Powerplant: 1 × Le Rhône 9C 9-cylinder air-cooled rotary piston engine, 60 kW (80 hp)

Propellers: 2-bladed fixed-pitch propeller


Maximum speed: 106 km/h (66 mph, 57 kn)

Endurance: 4 hours

Service ceiling: 4,300 m (14,100 ft)


Guns: One light machine gun (optional)

Bombs: hand released bombs (optional)


Most G.3s were the A2 model, used by various air forces for artillery spotting on the Western front, in Russia and in the Middle East.

The G.3 D2 was a two-seat trainer, equipped with dual controls and the E2 was a basic trainer.

The R1 version (rouleur or roller) was used by France and the United States Air Service for taxi training, with the wing trimmed down to prevent its becoming airborne.

The last version, the G.3. L2, was equipped with a more powerful 100 hp (75 kW) Anzani 10 radial engine.

In Germany, Gotha built a few copies of the G.3 as the Gotha LD.3 and Gotha LD.4

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