|Gotha Go 150|
The Gotha Go 150 was a light aircraft designed by the German company Gothaer Waggonfabrik in the late 1930s. It was intended for civilian use, but ended up being used as a military trainer.
Development[edit | edit source]
In January 1937 Major Werner Junck, chief of the LC II, the technical wing of the Reichsluftfahrtministerium responsible for the development of new aircraft, informed various minor aircraft manufacturers such as Gothaer Waggonfabrik, Bücker, Fieseler, Flugzeugwerke Halle and Klemm that they would not get any contracts for the development of military aircraft. He therefore advised them to concentrate in the development of a Volksflugzeug or a small twin-engined plane. As a result Gothaer Waggonfabrik developed the Go 150, while the other companies produced the Kl 105, the Si 202, the Bü 180 and the Fi 253.
The aircraft was a twin-engined monoplane with an enclosed cockpit. It was designed by Albert Kalkert, and first flew in 1937. The results of this flight were good, and production began. The aircraft was used to train both civilian and Luftwaffe pilots. The Go 150 was later also used in tests, where it was towed by a Heinkel He 46.
Specifications[edit | edit source]
- Crew: 1
- Length: 7.15 m (23 ft 5 in)
- Wingspan: 11.8 m (38 ft 9 in)
- Height: 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in)
- Wing area: 17.5 m2 (188 sq ft)
- Empty weight: 535 kg (1,179 lb)
- Gross weight: 850 kg (1,874 lb)
- Max takeoff weight: 1,036 kg (2,284 lb)
- Powerplant: 2 × Zündapp Z 9-092 , 37 kW (50 hp) each
- Maximum speed: 200 km/h (124 mph; 108 kn)
- Cruising speed: 185 km/h (115 mph; 100 kn)
- Range: 900 km (559 mi; 486 nmi)
- Service ceiling: 4,200 m (13,780 ft)
- Rate of climb: 2.74 m/s (539 ft/min) Originally measured as 1000m in 6min. 5sec.
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