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LVG C.V
Captured German LVG C.V on display at Coblenz Airfield, April 1919
Role Reconnaissance aircraft
National origin Germany
Manufacturer LVG
First flight 1917

The LVG C.V was a reconnaissance aircraft produced in large numbers in Germany during World War I.[1] It was a conventional two-bay biplane design of its day, with unstaggered wings of equal span and tandem, open cockpits for the pilot and observer.[2] The ailerons, fitted only to the upper wing, featured aerodynamic balances that extended past the wingtips.[2] The fuselage was a semi-monocoque construction skinned in wood.[3]

Following the war, some C.Vs were used as civil transports,[1] while some 150 machines captured by Polish forces were put to use by the Polish army.[4] Other post-war users included Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia; together operating about 30 aircraft.[4]

Operators[]

 Germany
Luftstreitkrafte
 Latvia
Latvian Air Force - Postwar
 Lithuania
Postwar
 Poland
Postwar.
 Russia
Postwar.
 Turkey
Ottoman Air Force

Specifications[]

Data from Grosz 1998, 35

General characteristics

  • Crew: Two, pilot and observer
  • Length: 8.07 m (26 ft 6 in)
  • Wingspan: 13.60 m (44 ft 7 in)
  • Height: 3.36 m (10 ft 0 in)
  • Wing area: 40.5 m2 (436 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 1,009 kg (2,220 lb)
  • Gross weight: 1,505 kg (3,311 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Benz Bz.IV, 150 kW (200 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 170 km/h (106 mph)
  • Endurance: 3 hours  30 min
  • Service ceiling: 6,500 m (21,300 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 5.6 m/s (1,100 ft/min)

Armament

  • 1 × fixed, forward-firing 7.92 mm (.312 in) LMG 08/15
  • 1 × trainable,rearward-firing 7.92 mm (.312 in) Parabellum MG14
  • 40 kg (90 lb) bombs
  • Notes[]

    1. 1.0 1.1 Taylor 1989, 615
    2. 2.0 2.1 Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1919, 334
    3. Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1919, 331
    4. 4.0 4.1 Grosz 1998, 13

    References[]

    • Grosz, Peter M. (1998). Windsock Datafile 71: LVG C.V. Berkhampstead: Albatross Productions. 
    • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft. London: Aerospace Publishing. 
    • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. 
    • World Aircraft Information Files. London: Bright Star Publishing. 

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