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AEG C.IV
Role Reconnaissance aircraft
Manufacturer Allgemeine Elektrizitäts-Gesellschaft
Introduced 1916
Primary user Luftstreitkräfte

The AEG C.IV was a German two-seat biplane reconnaissance aircraft that entered service in 1916. The C.IV was based on the C.II, but featured a larger wingspan and an additional forward-firing Spandau-type 7.92 mm (.312 in) machine gun. In addition to reconnaissance duties, the C.IV was used as a bomber escort, despite proving itself inadequately powered for the role. Nevertheless, the C.IV was easily the most successful of AEG's World War I B- and C-type reconnaissance aircraft, with some 400 being built and remaining in service right up to the end of the war.

A variant, the C.IV.N was designed specifically as a prototype night bomber in 1917, with the Benz Bz.III engine used in other C-types and a lengthened wingspan. Another variant, the C.IVa, was powered by a 130 kW (180 hp) Argus engine.

C.IV aircraft saw service with the Bulgarian Air Force and the Turkish Flying Corps.

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Operators

Specifications (AEG C.IV)

Data from [1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2, pilot and observer
  • Length: 7.15 m (23 ft 5.25 in)
  • Wingspan: 13.46 m (44 ft 2 in)
  • Height: 3.35 m (11 ft)
  • Wing area: 39 m² (420 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 802 kg (1,764 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 1,120 kg (2,469 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 1,120 kg (2,469 lb)
  • Powerplant:Mercedes D.III water-cooled in-line engine, 120 kW (160 hp)

Performance

Armament

  • 1 × forward-firing 7.92 mm (.312 in) LMG 08/15 "Spandau" machine gun
  • 1 × 7.92 mm (.312 in) Parabellum MG14 machine gun in ring mount for observer
  • Bomb load up to 100 kg (220 lb)

See also

Related development AEG C.II - AEG J.I

References

  1. ^ Sharpe, Michael (2000). Biplanes, Triplanes, and Seaplanes. London: Friedman/Fairfax Books. p. 14.  
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