Hansa-Brandenburg G.I

Hansa-Brandenburg G.1 - 1918
Hansa-Brandenburg G.1 - 1918

The Hansa-Brandenburg G.I was a bomber aircraft used to equip the Austro-Hungarian aviation corps in World War I. It was a mostly conventional large, three-bay biplane with staggered wings of slightly unequal span. The pilot and bombardier sat in a large open cockpit at the nose of the aircraft, with a second open cockpit for a gunner in a dorsal position behind the wings. An unusual feature was the placement of the twin tractor engines. While the normal practice of the day was to mount these to the wings, either directly or on struts, the G.I had the engines mounted to the sides of the fuselage on lattices of steel struts. This arrangement added considerable weight to the aircraft and transmitted a lot of vibration to the airframe.

A small initial production batch of six aircraft was delivered by March 1917, but were all grounded soon thereafter and put into storage due to a contractual dispute between the manufacturer and Flars (the Imperial and Royal Aviation Arsenal). When this was resolved, deliveries recommenced, although the size of the order was reduced, and the bombers were modified by Flars before being sent to the Divacca, on the Italian Front. Twelve aircraft were built by UFAG and differed slightly from the German-built machines.
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Hansa-Brandenburg G.I
  • Role: Bomber
  • Manufacturer: Hansa-Brandenburg, UFAG
  • Designed by: Ernst Heinkel
  • First flight: early 1916
  • Introduced: 1917
  • Primary user: KuKLFT
  • Produced: 1917 to 1918
  • Number built: ca. 50
  • Kaiserliche und Königliche Luftfahrtruppen
    • Flik 101/G
    • Flik 102/G
    • Flik 103/G
    • Flek 22
  • Powerplant: 2 × Austro-Daimler, 160 hp (120 kW) each
  • Length: 32 ft 2 in (9.80 m)
  • Wingspan: 59 ft 1 in 18.00 m()
  • Wing area: 753 ft² (70.0 m²)
  • Empty weight: 3,915 lb 1,776 kg()
  • Gross weight: 6,040 lb (2,740 kg)
  • Maximum speed: 82 mph (133 km/h)
  • Rate of climb: 330 ft/min (1.7 m/s)
  • Crew: Three - pilot, bombardier, and gunner
  • Armament:
  • Guns: 2 × 0.315 in (8 mm) Schwarzlose machine guns
  • Bombs:

References

  1. Hansa-Brandenburg G.I. (2010, December 19). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 06:03, March 12, 2011, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Hansa-Brandenburg_G.I&oldid=403231491
  2. Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. pp. 472.
  3. Hansa-Brandenburg Aircraft, 2010 Books LLC ISBN: 1155357191 ISBN-13: 9781155357195