A.E.G. G.I

The A.E.G. G.I was the first in the successful series of A.E.G twin engined bombers, but was underpowered itself and only a single example was produced.

A.E.G. G.I from the rear
A.E.G. G.I from the rear

The G.I was similar to the single engined C.IV, the most successful in AEG's series of armed reconnaissance aircraft. It used the same construction method, with a welded steel tube fuselage, wooden wing ribs and a fabric cover.

The G.I was powered by two 100hp Mercedes D.I engines carried on struts between the wings. They were close to the fuselage. The main landing gear consisted of four wheels, carried in two pairs side by side.  

The G.I was originally produced in response to an Army requirement for a large battle plane - effectively a twin engined escort fighter, first issued in March 1914. The type wasn't a success in this role, and was soon turned into a bomber.

The G.I was 75% heavier than the C.IV, but only had an extra 25% of power (200hp compared to 160hp on the C.IV). Its performance was poor, and only one aircraft was built. It made its maiden flight in January 1915. Work then moved onto the slightly more successful A.E.G. G.II.

Engine: Two Mercedes D.I engines
Power: 100hp each
Crew: 3
Span: 52ft 6in
Length: 28ft 4 1/2in
Empty weight: 2,552lb
Loaded weight: 3,199lb
Max speed: 78.125mph
Climb Rate: 10-12min to 2,624ft

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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (26 February 2016), A.E.G. G.I , http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_AEG_GI.html

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