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Gotha LD.1

Страна: Германия

Год: 1914

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


Gotha LD 2
  Although similar to the LD la, the LD 2 actually preceded it, having been built in August 1914. It was used at the front for a few months, as were almost any reliable aircraft at this period. Engine, 100 h.p. Mercedes D I. Span, 14.5 m. (47 ft. 7 in.). Length, 7.5 m. (24 ft. 7 3/8 in.). Area. 46 sq.m. (497 sq.ft.). Weights: Empty, 735 kg. (1,617 lb.). Loaded, 1,127 kg. (2,479 lb.). Speed, 105 km.hr. (65.625 m.p.h.). Climb, 800 m. (2,624 ft.) in 12 min. Armament, none.


J. Herris Gotha Aircraft of WWI (A Centennial Perspective on Great War Airplanes 6)


Gotha LD1

  Designed by Rosner, the Gotha LD1 biplane (LD = Land Doppeldecker, or land biplane), powered by a 100 hp Mercedes engine, was ordered on 24 February 1914. It was a conventional, three- bay design with side-mounted radiators. It may have been intended as a competition machine but appears to have remained at Gotha for evaluation and training. During the course of flight trials, the LD 1 received a new rudder and other minor modifications.
  On 31 August 1914 the LD1 was commandeered by officers of Feld-Flieger-Abteilung 4 and subsequently purchased by the Fliegertruppe, which assigned it the designation B.458/14. Only one LD1 was built.

Gotha LD1 Specifications
Engine: 100 hp Mercedes D.I
Wing: Span Upper 12.55 m
Span Lower 12.25 m
Area 36 m2
General: Length 8.00 m
Height 3.25 m
Empty Weight 525 kg
Loaded Weight 935 kg
Maximum Speed: 120 km/h
Climb: 800m 12 min
2000m 30 min
Range: 450 km

J.Herris - Gotha Aircraft of WWI /Centennial Perspective/
The Gotha LD1 was the start of Gotha's series of single-engine landplane biplanes. Powered by a 100 hp Mercedes D.I engine, it had a reasonable performance for its time but only one was built. Used at Gotha for training, it was commandeered by officers of Feld-Flieger-Abteilung 4 on 31 August 1914 and subsequently purchased by the Fliegertruppe, which assigned it the designation B.458/14. Only one LD1 was built.