AEG G.III

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G.III
AEG G.III G.212 1915.jpg
Role Bomber
National origin German Empire
Manufacturer AEG
Introduction December 1915[1]
Primary user Luftstreitkräfte
Developed from AEG G.II

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.[1]

Operators[edit]

 German Empire

Specifications (AEG G.III)[edit]

Data from German Aircraft of the First World War[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 3 or 4
  • Length: 9.2 m (30 ft 2 in)
  • Wingspan: 18.44 m (60 ft 6 in)
  • Height: 3.9 m (12 ft 10 in)
  • Wing area: 67 m2 (720 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 1,940 kg (4,277 lb)
  • Gross weight: 3,015 kg (6,647 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 3,008 kg (6,632 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Mercedes D.IV 8-cylinder water-cooled inline piston engine, 164 kW (220 hp) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 158 km/h (98 mph; 85 kn)
  • Range: 700 km (435 mi; 378 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 3,500 m (11,500 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 2.78 m/s (547 ft/min)
  • Time to altitude: 1,000m (3,281ft) in 6min

Armament

  • Guns: 2 × 7.92 mm (.312 in) machine guns
  • Bombs: 300 kg (660 lb) of bombs

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Gray, Peter; Owen Thetford (1970). German Aircraft of the First World War (2nd ed.). London: Putnam. ISBN 0-370-00103-6. 
  • Taylor, John W. R., and Jean Alexander. "Combat Aircraft of the World" New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1969 Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 68-25459 (Pg.134-135)

Further reading[edit]

  • Kroschel, Günter; Stützer, Helmut: Die deutschen Militärflugzeuge 1910-18, Wilhelmshaven 1977
  • Munson, Kenneth: Bomber 1914–19, Zürich 1968, Nr. 20
  • Nowarra, Heinz: Die Entwicklung der Flugzeuge 1914-18, München 1959
  • Sharpe, Michael: Doppeldecker, Dreifachdecker & Wasserflugzeuge, Gondrom, Bindlach 2001, ISBN 3-8112-1872-7