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The Gotha W.D.7 was a project that started with the W.D.3 converted to a single fuselage and twin engine nacelles.[2]

Gotha WD.7
Gotha WD.7 674.jpg
Role Seaplane
Manufacturer Gotha
Designer Karl Rösner & A.Klaube[1]/Oscar Ursinus[2]
First flight Feb 1915 [2]
Introduction 5 Apr 1916 [1]
Primary user Cross-Pattee-alternate3.svg Germany
Number built 8 [1]
Wingspan 16.0 m (52 ft 6 in)[2] or 16.8 m (55 ft 1 in) [1]
Engine 2×100hp Mercedes D.I inline [note 1]
Armament front flexible Parabellum
Crew 3 [3]
Max Speed 128 km/h (80 mph) [1]-135 km/h (84 mph)[2]
Climb 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 9:30[1]
2,000 m (6,560 ft) in 40:00[1]
Service Ceiling 3,500 m (11,500 ft) [1][2]
Range 475 km (300 mi) [1]

The first WD.7 caught fire while on patrol from Zeebrügge and was captured by the French after ditching[1], but seven further were ordered. They were delivered between June and August 1916, and they were used from North Sea flying stations.[2] They were used for reconnaissance, training, and weapons trials. [1]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Gotha_WD.7.

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Notes
  1. The prototype used 120hp Mercedes D.IIs and the last unit used 120hp Argus As.IIs.[1]
Citations
  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 Herris, p.45.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Nowarra, p.44.
  3. Nowarra, pp.204-205.
Bibliography
  • Jack Herris, Gotha Aircraft of WWI. USA, Aeronaut Books, 2013. ISBN 978-1-935881-14-8
  • Heinz J. Nowarra, Bruce Robertson, and Peter G. Cooksley. Marine Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Letchworth, Herts, England: Harleyford Publications Limited, 1966. ISBN 0900435070