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 (wartime photo)|
|Manufacturer||Allgemeine Elektricitäts-Gesellschaft (A.E.G.)|
|First flight||Sep 1916 |
|Introduction||Jan 1917 |
|Developed from||A.E.G. G.III|
|Wingspan||18.3 m (60 ft 2 in) |
|Engine||2×260hp Mercedes D.IVa inline|
|Armament||flexible front Parabellum|
flexible rear Parabellum
360 kg (800 lb) -400 kg (880 lb) of bombs
|Max Speed||145 km/h (90 mph) to|
165 km/h (103 mph) 
|Climb||1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 5:00|
1,500 m (5,000 ft) in 10:20
2,700 m (9,000 ft) in 35:00
|Ceiling||4,000 m (13,100 ft) to|
4,500 m (14,800 ft) 
|Endurance||3:15, 4-5hr cruise  or 4:30|
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.
|Availability||Maneuver||Damage||Dmg Points||Max Alt.||Climb|
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Miniatures and ModelsEdit
- Metal kit: Heroics & Ros GWA313
- German numbers are from bi-monthly Frontbestand records (Effective Frontline Strength).
- Herris 2015, p. 121.
- Herris 2015, p. 5.
- Lamberton, pp.220-221.
- Gray, p.8.
- Munson, p.70.
- Grosz'85, p.60 and Grosz'86, p.66.
- 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