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German crews found the Friedrichshafen G.III reliable and easy to fly. Introduced in 1917, the G.III was frequently used to bomb Paris and Dunkirk. Armed fore and aft with 7.92 mm machine guns, the G.III occasionally carried a third machine gun which could be fired through a trapdoor in the bottom of the fuselage.
Friedrichshafen G.III Specifications
Country: Germany
Manufacturer: Flugzeugbau Friedrichshafen GmbH
Type: Heavy bomber
First Introduced: 1917
Number Built:  
Engines: Two Mercedes D IVa, 6-cylinder, liquid cooled inline, 260 hp
Wing Span: 77.7 ft (23.7 m)
Length: 41.9 ft (12.8 m)
Height: 12 ft (3.66 m)
Empty Weight:  
Gross Weight: 8,664 lb (3,930 kg)
Max Speed: 84½ mph (135 km/h)
Ceiling: 14,765 ft (4,500 m)
Endurance: 5 hours
Crew: 3
Armament: 2-3 machine guns
3,500 lb (1,587.6 kg) of bombs
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