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Friedrichshafen G.IV

Страна: Германия

Год: 1918

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J.Herris Friedrichshafen Aircraft of WWI (A Centennial Perspective on Great War Airplanes 21)


Friedrichshafen G.IV

  The Friedrichshafen G.IV, factory designation FF61, was a development of the Friedrichshafen G.IIIa to carry a larger bomb load. The G.IV retained the two 260 hp Mercedes D.IVa engines and box tail of the G.IIIa coupled with stronger four-bay wings. According to one reference 100 were ordered from Friedrichshafen and 35 from Daimler. The Caspar Hanseatische Flugzeugwerke was also to produce the type but apparently none were built before the Armistice. The G.IV was the penultimate development of the Friedrichshafen bomber family, the last to reach operational service, and the last to closely resemble the earlier bombers in the series, especially the G.IIIa.


Notes on Friedrichshafen Bomber Serials by Reinhard Zankl
Confirmed Fdh G.IIIb aircraft: G.1465/18, G.1466/18, G.1470/18, G.1471/18, G.1472/18 (the only confirmed serials in the G.1465-1564/18 range)
Confirmed Fdh G.IV aircraft: G.508/18, G.526/18, G.827/18, others known in this series are G.IIIa or G.IV
Confirmed Fdh G.IV(Daim) aircraft: G.1071/I8, G.1091/18, G.1093/18, others known in this series are G.IIIa(Daim) or G.IV(Daim)

J.Herris - Friedrichshafen Aircraft of WWI /Centennial Perspective/
J.Herris - Friedrichshafen Aircraft of WWI /Centennial Perspective/
The Friedrichshafen G.IV was the final Friedrichshafen bomber type to see service. It was a refinement of the G.IIIa designed to carry a heavier bomb load and had four-bay wing bracing.
J.Herris - Friedrichshafen Aircraft of WWI /Centennial Perspective/
Another view of Friedrichshafen G.IV(Daim) 1074/18. This aircraft was from the final batch ordered from Daimler in October 1918 and appears incomplete; perhaps construction was stopped due to the Armistice.
J.Herris - Friedrichshafen Aircraft of WWI /Centennial Perspective/
The only significant difference between the G.IIIa and G.IV was the G.IV had a modified wing with four bays of bracing struts instead of the three bays of the G.IIIa.
J.Herris - Friedrichshafen Aircraft of WWI /Centennial Perspective/
An unfinished Friedrichshafen G.IV (note the four-bay wings and box tail) with an SSW fighter in the foreground. The G.IV was basically a G.IIIa with strengthened wings for greater bomb-carrying ability. (Peter M. Bowers Collection, Museum of Flight)
J.Herris - Friedrichshafen Aircraft of WWI /Centennial Perspective/
Friedrichshafen G.IV.