Gotha WD.7

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WD.7 and WD.8
Gotha WD.7 674.jpg
Role torpedo-bomber trainer and reconnaissance
National origin Germany
Manufacturer Gotha
First flight 1916
Primary user Imperial German Navy

The Gotha WD.7 (for Wasser Doppeldecker - "Water Biplane") was a reconnaissance floatplane developed in the German Empire during World War I.


Gotha WD.8

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

Specifications (WD.7)[edit]

General characteristics


  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. p. 428. 
  • World Aircraft Information Files. London: Bright Star Publishing. pp. File 895 Sheet 09.