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Gotha Go 147



Type:: STOL Observation Aircraft
Origin: Gothaer Waggonfabrik AG
Models: A and B
First Flight: 1936
Service Delivery: None
Final Delivery: N/A

Powerplant:
Go 147A: Siemens Sh 14A radial
Horsepower: 140 hp

Go 147B:
Argus As 10 inverted V8
Horsepower: 240 hp

Dimensions:
Wing span: 12.22m (40 ft. 1.5 in.)
Length: 5.86m (19 ft. 2.75 in.)
Height: 2.93m (9 ft. 6 in.)
Wing Surface Area: N/A

  Weights:
Empty: 945kg (2,083 lb)
Maximum: 1145kg (2,524 lb)

Performance:
Maximum Speed: 220kph (137 mph)
Initial climb: N/A
Service Ceiling: N/A

Armament:
One synchronised MG 17 machine gun mounted above engine.
One manually aimed MG 15 machine gun mounted in rear cockpit.

Avionics:
N/A


The Gotha Go 147 was a German experimental prototype reconnaissance aircraft designed in 1936. Designed by Gothaer Waggonfabrik and Albert Kalkert, construction of the two-seater aircraft was abandoned before the end of World War II.

Featuring an unconventional design, it was built to test how an aircraft without a tail would fly, with the hope of using the experience to produce a future version for military use. Construction was suspended after the prototype proved to have poor flight characteristics.


Sources:
Gunston, Bill & Wood, Tony - Hitler's Luftwaffe, 1977, Salamander Books Ltd., London

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