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 As III engine.
C.IV aircraft saw service with the Bulgarian Air Force and the Turkish Flying Corps.
- Bulgarian Air Force
- German Empire
- (64 aircraft operated post-war)
- Ottoman Air Force
Specifications (AEG C.IV)
Data from German Aircraft of the First World War
- Crew: 2
- Length: 7.15 m (23 ft 5 in)
- Wingspan: 13.46 m (44 ft 2 in)
- Height: 3.35 m (11 ft 0 in)
- Wing area: 39 m2 (420 sq ft)
- Empty weight: 800 kg (1,764 lb)
- Gross weight: 1,120 kg (2,469 lb)
- Powerplant: 1 × Mercedes D.III 6-cylinder, water-cooled, inline piston engine, 120 kW (160 hp)
- Maximum speed: 158 km/h (98 mph; 85 kn)
- Range: 450 km (280 mi; 243 nmi)
- Endurance: 4hr
- Service ceiling: 5,000 m (16,404 ft)
- Rate of climb: 2.78 m/s (547 ft/min)
- Time to altitude: 1,000m in 6min
- Guns: * 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
- Bombs: * Bomb load up to 100 kg (220 lb)
- Gray, Peter; Owen Thetford (1970). German Aircraft of the First World War (2nd ed.). London: Putnam. ISBN 0-370-00103-6.
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