LVG C.V

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LVG C.V
Captured Third Army German LVG C.V.jpg
Captured German LVG C.V on display at Coblenz Airfield, April 1919
Role Reconnaissance aircraft
National origin Germany
Manufacturer LVG (aircraft manufacturer)
First flight 1917

The LVG C.V was a reconnaissance aircraft produced in large numbers in Germany during World War I.[1] It was a conventional two-bay biplane design of its day, with unstaggered wings of equal span and tandem, open cockpits for the pilot and observer.[2] The ailerons, fitted only to the upper wing, featured aerodynamic balances that extended past the wingtips.[2] The fuselage was a semi-monocoque construction skinned in wood.[3]

Following the war, some C.Vs were used as civil transports,[1] while some 150 machines captured by Polish forces were put to use by the Polish army.[4] Other post-war users included Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia; together operating about 30 aircraft.[4]

Operators[edit]

 Germany
Luftstreitkrafte
 Latvia
Latvian Air Force - Postwar
 Lithuania
Postwar
 Poland
Postwar
 Russia
Postwar
 Turkey
Ottoman Air Force

Specifications[edit]

Data from Grosz 1998, 35

General characteristics

  • Crew: Two, pilot and observer
  • Length: 8.07 m (26 ft 6 in)
  • Wingspan: 13.60 m (44 ft 7 in)
  • Height: 3.36 m (10 ft 0 in)
  • Wing area: 40.5 m2 (436 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 1,009 kg (2,220 lb)
  • Gross weight: 1,505 kg (3,311 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Benz Bz.IV, 150 kW (200 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 170 km/h (106 mph)
  • Endurance: 3 hours  30 min
  • Service ceiling: 6,500 m (21,300 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 5.6 m/s (1,100 ft/min)

Armament

  • 1 × fixed, forward-firing 7.92 mm (.312 in) LMG 08/15
  • 1 × trainable,rearward-firing 7.92 mm (.312 in) Parabellum MG14
  • 40 kg (90 lb) bombs

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Taylor 1989, 615
  2. ^ a b Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1919, 334
  3. ^ Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1919, 331
  4. ^ a b Grosz 1998, 13

References[edit]

  • Grosz, Peter M. (1998). Windsock Datafile 71: LVG C.V. Berkhampstead: Albatross Productions. 
  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft. London: Aerospace Publishing. 
  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. 
  • World Aircraft Information Files. London: Bright Star Publishing.