|WD.7 and WD.8|
|Role||torpedo-bomber trainer and reconnaissance|
|Primary user||Imperial German Navy|
After the pusher WD.3 was not accepted by the Imperial German Navy, Gotha turned to a new layout that would keep the aircraft's nose free for forward-firing weapons. The WD.7 therefore, was a conventional biplane with twin engines mounted tractor-fashion on the leading edge of the lower wing. Eight examples were built for use as trainers for torpedo bombing. During 1917, two of these aircraft were used for testing a 37 mm (1.46 in) autocannon built by DWM.
The same airframe was used to create the WD.8 reconnaissance floatplane, substituting the twin wing-mounted engines with a single Maybach Mb.IVa in the nose.
- twin-engine torpedo bomber trainer floatplane
- single-engine reconnaissance floatplane
- Powerplant: 2 × Mercedes D.II, 90 kW (120 hp) each
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- Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. p. 428.
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