Flight Journal - - GALLERY -

To­ward the end of 1916, the Ger­man High Com­mand in­tro­duced the AEG G.IV bomber ( All­ge­meine Elek­tric­itäts-Ge­sellschaftGross­flugzeug). While a slight im­prove­ment on the G.III, it pos­sessed nei­ther the range nor lift­ing power to be an ef­fec­tive bomber. Crew ac­com­mo­da­tion was suf­fi­cient for a crew of four, but most sor­ties were flown with three (pi­lot, com­man­der, gun­ner). The Com­man­der was pro­vided with a fold­away seat po­si­tioned to the right of the pi­lot for take­off and land­ing. This pre­vented him from be­ing killed or in­jured dur­ing the in­evitable nose-over ac­ci­dent.

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