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AEG G.IV

Imperial Germany (1916)
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The AEG G.IV series of medium bombers were a German Air Service stalwart from 1916 through 1918.


Detailing the development and operational history of the AEG G.IV Tactical Medium Bomber Biplane Aircraft.  Entry last updated on 5/15/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

The German concern of AEG (Allgemeine Elektritzitats Gesellschaft) delivered another successful wartime product in its G.IV tactical medium bomber during World War 1 (1914-1918). The aircraft became an amalgam of the strengths featured in the earlier G.I, G.II, and G.III models by the company with the new platform produced from 1915 to 1918, the final year of the war. The aircraft was not available in suitable numbers until late-1916 but managed to see consistent service through to the end of the war.

As finalized, the G.IV model sported a conventional twin-engine layout with a biplane wing assembly and a three-man crew. The engines were held outboard of the fuselage within the upper and lower wing assemblies by way of struts. The crew sat inline across three individual open-air cockpits with collectively excellent views of the surrounding area. Two 7.92mm machine guns were fitted for local defense, one forward and one aft (the pilot seated in between the two), while up to 882lbs of externally-held ordnance could be carried.

Power was served through 2 x Mercedes D.IVa 6-cylinder, water-cooled inline piston engines developing 260 horsepower each. This provided a top speed of 103 miles per hour, a service ceiling of 14,760 feet, and a mission endurance window of about 4.5 hours.

The G.IV served the German air arm well during its years of wartime action though its potent offensive capacity was restricted some by inherently limited operational ranges. The G.IV designation marked basic tactical bombers while the G.IVg was a lengthened wing form with an additional bay added to each wing. The G.IVk was a special mission, ground attack model - five were completed - which added armoring and was armed with 2 x 20mm Becker cannons for the strafing role. G.IV bombers were also used in night time raids until growing Allied air superiority began to challenge the bomber, forcing it exclusively to operate in low-light hours and these missions produced mixed results.

The AEG G.V of May 1918 was intended as an improved G.IV form but the war ended before the aircraft could be pressed into service.

Nevertheless, German units equipped with the G.IV remembered a good, strong aircraft that was largely easy at the controls and a capable bombing platform. Aircrews found particular success against the Italians along the Southern Fronts and late-war use even included reconnaissance sorties where needed. The G.IV was not exported to German allies and only one managed to survive the last century - preserved at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum of Ottawa, Ontario.

Any available statistics for the AEG G.IV Tactical Medium Bomber Biplane Aircraft are showcased in the areas immediately below. Categories include basic specifications covering country-of-origin, operational status, manufacture(s) and total quantitative production. Other qualities showcased are related to structural values (namely dimensions), installed power and standard day performance figures, installed or proposed armament and mission equipment (if any), global users (from A-to-Z) and series model variants (if any).






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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 120mph
Lo: 60mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (103mph).

    Graph average of 90 miles-per-hour.
Relative Operational Ranges
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Supported Mission Types:
Air-to-Air
Interception
Unmanned
Ground Attack
Close-Air Support
Training
Anti-Submarine
Anti-Ship
Airborne Early Warning
MEDEVAC
Electronic Warfare
Maritime/Navy
Aerial Tanker
Utility/Transport
Passenger Industry
VIP Travel
Business Travel
Search/Rescue
Recon/Scouting
Special Forces
X-Plane/Development
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National Origin: Imperial Germany
Service Year: 1916
Classification Type: Tactical Medium Bomber Biplane Aircraft
Manufacturer(s): Allgemeine Elektritzitats Gesellschaft (AEG)
Production Units: 320
Operational Status: Retired, Out-of-Service
Global Operators:
Imperial Germany
Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the AEG G.IV model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
3


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
31.82 ft


Meters
9.7 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
60.37 ft


Meters
18.4 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
12.80 ft


Meters
3.9 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
5,291 lb


Kilograms
2,400 kg


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
8,003 lb


Kilograms
3,630 kg

Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
2 x Mercedes D.IVa 6-cylinder liquid-cooled inline engines developing 260 horsepower each.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
103 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
165 kph


Knots
89 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
466 mi


Kilometers
750 km


Nautical Miles
405 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
14,764 ft


Meters
4,500 m


Miles
2.80 mi

Armament - Hardpoints (4):

STANDARD:
1 x 7.92mm Spandau machine guns on trainable mounting in front cockpit.
1 x 7.92mm Spandau machine guns on trainable mounting in rear cockpit.

OPTIONAL:
Up to 888 lb of external conventional drop ordnance.
Visual Armory:

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Variants: Series Model Variants
• G.IV - Production Model Series Designation; base tactical bomber form.
• G.IVg - Increased span biplane wings with three-bay arrangement.
• G.IVk - Limited production ground-attack aircraft; armoring added for low altitude protection; outfitted 20mm Becker cannon in dorsal position and 20mm Becker cannon under the nose.