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The Gotha series of bombers were agile for their size and difficult to shoot down. Anti-aircraft fire and bad landings accounted for more losses than attacks by enemy aircraft. Replacing the Gotha G.IV, the Gotha G.V continued the night bombing of England. In 1918, improvements to the G.V resulted in the production of the G.Va and G.Vb, both of which were equipped with biplane horizontal stabilizers and twin vertical fins and rudders.
 
Gotha G.V Specifications
Country: Germany
Manufacturer: Gothaer Waggonfabrik AG Gotha
Type: Heavy bomber
Entered Service: August 1917
Number Built: 36
Two Engines: Mercedes D IVa 6-cylinder liquid cooled, 260 hp
Wing Span: 77 ft 9.25 in (23.7 m)
Length: 40 ft (12.2 m)
Height: 14 ft 1.25 in (4.3 m)
Empty Weight:  
Gross Weight: 8,646 lb (3,930 kg)
Max Speed: 84.5 mph (135 km/h)
Ceiling: 14,765 ft (4,500 m)
Endurance: 5 hours
Crew: 3
Armament: 2-3 machine guns; 3,307 lb (1,500 kg) of bombs
 
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