Gotha Go 150

The Gotha Go 150 was a light aircraft designed at the German company Gothaer Waggonfabrik in the late 1930s. It was intended for civilian use, but ended up being used as a military trainer.

Gotha Go 150
Role Light aircraft
National origin Germany
Manufacturer Gothaer Waggonfabrik
Number built 12

Development

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.[1]

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.[2]

Specifications

General characteristics

  • 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

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 200 km/h (120 mph, 110 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 185 km/h (115 mph, 100 kn)
  • Range: 900 km (560 mi, 490 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 4,200 m (13,800 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 2.74 m/s (539 ft/min) Originally measured as 1000m in 6min. 5sec.

References

  1. Luftarchiv - Fieseler Fi 253
  2. Kay. Antony L.; John Richard Smith; Eddie J. Creek (2002). German aircraft of the Second World War: including helicopters and missiles. Naval Institute Press. p. 276. ISBN 978-1-55750-010-6.
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