AGO C.IV

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C.IV
AGO C.IV side.jpg
Role Reconnaissance
Manufacturer AGO Flugzeugwerke
Introduction 1916[1]
Primary user Germany
Number built c. 70-100 (260 ordered)[1]
Late production AGO C.IV on trestle

The AGO C.IV was a First World War German biplane reconnaissance aircraft.

Development[edit]

A departure from the manufacturer's pod-and-boom designs, it featured a more conventional biplane layout whose only unusual feature was the tapered wings. Large orders were placed with AGO and two other manufacturers who were to build them under licence, but less than 100 were actually delivered.[1] Although fast and well-armed, the C.IV was unstable in the air and was disliked by aircrew.[1] Early production examples had a comma shaped rudder and no fin, while later later aircraft had an additional curved fin, along with additional struts bracing the ailerons and tail.

Operators[edit]

 Estonia
 German Empire

Specifications[edit]

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

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 8.25 m (27 ft 1 in)
  • Wingspan: 11.9 m (39 ft 1 in)
  • Height: 3.5 m (11 ft 6 in)
  • Wing area: 37.5 m2 (404 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 900 kg (1,984 lb)
  • Gross weight: 1,350 kg (2,976 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Benz Bz.IV 6-cyl. water-cooled in-line piston engine, 160 kW (220 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 190 km/h (118 mph; 103 kn)
  • Endurance: 4 hours
  • Service ceiling: 5,500 m (18,045 ft)
  • Time to altitude: 3,000 m (9,843 ft) in 22 minutes

Armament

  • Guns:
    • 1 x fixed forward firing MG 08 "Spandau" machine gun fired by the pilot
    • 1 x Parabellum MG 14 machine gun aimed by the Observer.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Gray, Peter; Owen Thetford (1970). German Aircraft of the First World War (2nd ed.). London: Putnam & Company Ltd. pp. 13–16. ISBN 0 370 00103 6. 
  2. ^ Gerdessen 1982, p.76

Bibliography[edit]

  • Gerdessen, F. "Estonian Air Power 1918 - 1945". Air Enthusiast No 18, April - July 1982. Pages 61–76. ISSN 0143-5450.
  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. p. 40. 
  • Airwar.ru
  • Gray, Peter; Owen Thetford (1970). German Aircraft of the First World War (2nd ed.). London: Putnam & Company Ltd. pp. 13–16. ISBN 0 370 00103 6.