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The Caudron G.3 was a tractor biplane with the engine mounted at the front of a small central nacelle in which a crew of one or two resided. The view from the nacelle was fairly obstructed, and swapping the crew -- as was sometimes done -- did little to improve it. Despite these limitations, around 2,800 G.3's were built and they served with not only Aviation Militaire but with five Italian squadriglia, Romania (12 aircraft), Russia (20), and the U.K., where they were used in small numbers from March-October 1915.

Caudron G.3
Gervais-Courtellemont französisches Kampfflugzeug 1914 001.jpg
Role Reconnaissance/Bomber
Manufacturer Caudron
First flight 1913 [1]
Introduction May 1914 [2]
Primary users Roundel of the French Air Force before 1945.svg France
ItalianRoundelGreen.png Italy
RAF Type A Roundel.svg U.K. (RFC/RAF)
Imperial Russian Aviation Roundel.svg Russia
Number built 2800 [note 1]
Developed from Caudron G.2
Wingspan 13.4 m (43 ft 11 in) [3]
Engine 80-100hp Anzani or
80hp Gnome or
80hp Le Rhône or
70hp Renault
Crew 2
Max Speed 112 km/h (70 mph)[4][3]
Climb 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 7:00[3]
2,000 m (6,560 ft) in 16:00[3]-18:00[4]
3,000 m (9,840 ft) in 32:00[4][3]
Endurance 4:00 [4][3]

The G.3 saw an even longer life as a trainer, where it was used well into the 1920's. [1]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Caudron G.3.

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Availability Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
         
14Q3-17Q4 XC - or B 12 10 6
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Notes
  1. 2450 in France, 350 in Britain[2]
  2. Numbers are approximate, based on escadrille counts.
Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 Davilla, p.142.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Guttman, p.3.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Lamberton, pp.216-218.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Davilla, p.147.
Bibliography
  • Dr. James J. Davilla and Arthur M. Soltan. French Aircraft of the First World War. Flying Machines Press, 1997. ISBN 0-9637110-4-0.
  • Jon Guttman, Windsock Datafile 96: Caudron G.4. Great Britain, Albatros Publications Ltd., 2002. ISBN 1-902207-51-3
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Reconnaissance & Bomber Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Ltd., 1962.