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Gotha LD.6/LD.7/B.I

Страна: Германия

Год: 1915

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O.Thetford, P.Gray German Aircraft of the First World War (Putnam)

Gotha LD 6a
  The LD 6a appeared in March 1915 and was designed (by Rosner) for long-distance reconnaissance and to carry a small bomb load. Of conventional wood and fabric construction, the LD 6a featured balanced tail in faces but plain ailerons. Engine was the 150 h.p. Benz Bz III, with radiators alongside the front (observer's) cockpit. Data was probably similar to that of LD 7.

Gotha LD 7
Another product of March 1915 was the LD 7 designed (by Burkhard) for standard reconnaissance duties. It was the last machine of the LD series. Engine, 120 h.p. Mercedes D II. Span, 12.4 m. (40 ft. 8 1/4 in.). Length, 8.4 m. (27 ft. 6 3/4 in.). Area, 39.5 sq.m. (467 sq.ft.). Weights: Empty, 725 kg. (1,595 lb.). Loaded, 1,125 kg. (2,475 lb.). Speed, 125 km.h (78.125 m.p.h.). Climb, 800 m. (2,624 ft.) in 8 1/2 min.

K.Delve - World War One in the Air /Crowood/
The Gotha LD 6a was a two-seat long-range reconnaissance type in service from March 1915. In common with most operational types of this period it was also employed as a light bomber with the observer dropping small bombs over the side of the aircraft.
Jane's All The World Aircraft 1919 /Jane's/
Gotha LD biplane, probably of LD7 type of 1915 (120 h.p. Mercedes D.II engine).
O.Thetford, P.Gray - German Aircraft of the First World War /Putnam/
Only ten of these 1915 two seat Gotha B Is were produced, just sufficent to equip a single Field Flight Section, although no evidence of their deployment, if ever, has survived. Using a 120hp Mercedes D Ia, the LD-7 to give its design bureau designation, had a top level speed of 77.5mph, with a range of 330 miles.