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The bane of the A.E.G. G.III was its unreliable Mercedes D.IV long-crankshaft engine, so when the improved D.IVa became available, it was soon deployed in the AEG G.IV. The G.IV was used for both day and night bombing. Though it lacked the lifting power and range of its Gotha and Friedrichshafen contemporaries, its welded-steel fuselage was robust and it saw wide usage. Though its bomb load was lighter than its competitors, it was easier to fly and to land.

AEG G.IV
AEG GIV bomber.jpg
AEG G.IV (wartime photo)
Role Bomber aircraft
Manufacturer Allgemeine Elektricitäts-Gesellschaft (A.E.G.)
First flight Sep 1916 [1]
Introduction Jan 1917 [1]
Primary user Cross-Pattee-alternate3.svg Germany
Number built 320[2]
Developed from A.E.G. G.III
Variants A.E.G. G.IVk
Wingspan 18.3 m (60 ft 2 in) [3]
Engine 2×260hp Mercedes D.IVa inline
Armament flexible front Parabellum
flexible rear Parabellum
360 kg (800 lb) [3]-400 kg (880 lb)[4] of bombs
Crew 3-4
Max Speed 145 km/h (90 mph)[5] to
165 km/h (103 mph) [4][3]
Climb 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 5:00[4][3]
1,500 m (5,000 ft) in 10:20[3]
2,700 m (9,000 ft) in 35:00[3]
Ceiling 4,000 m (13,100 ft)[5][3] to
4,500 m (14,800 ft) [4]
Endurance 3:15, 4-5hr cruise [4] or 4:30[5]

A few G.IVs were given a wider wingspan and were known as the A.E.G. G.IVb of 1917.

For more information, see Wikipedia:AEG G.IV.

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Availability Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
         
16Q4-18Q4 K (S) 19 10 5

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Notes
  1. German numbers are from bi-monthly Frontbestand records (Effective Frontline Strength).[6]
Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 Herris 2015, p. 121.
  2. Herris 2015, p. 5.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Lamberton, pp.220-221.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Gray, p.8.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Munson, p.70.
  6. Grosz'85, p.60 and Grosz'86, p.66.
Bibliography
  • Peter Gray and Owen Thetford. German Aircraft of the First World War. Great Britain, Putnam, 1962, 1987. ISBN 0-85177-809-7.
  • Peter M. Grosz, "Archiv -- Frontbestand". WW1 Aero, № 107, Dec 1985 and № 108, Feb 1986. Poughkeepsie, NY: World War I Aeroplanes, Inc.
  • Jack Herris. AEG Aircraft of WWI. Aeronaut Books, 2015. ISBN 978-1-935881-28-5.
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Reconnaissance & Bomber Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Ltd., 1962.
  • Kenneth Munson, Bombers: Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft, 1914-1919. New York: The MacMillan Company, 1968, Blandford Press Ltd. ISBN 978-0753721711