DAN SHUMAKER COLLECTION
No. 11730. Gotha WD 3 (259) German Navy
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Gotha WD 3

12/31/2012. Built in July 1915, the three-bay WD 3 (WD = Wasser-Doppeldecker, sea biplane), intended for bomber training and reconnaissance, had a central nacelle housing the 160 hp Daimier D.III engine, driving a pusher propeller. The observer sat in the extreme nose and was armed with a 0.312 in (7.92 mm) Parabellum machine-gun; a radio transmitter was also installed. The aircraft had two tail booms, which were interconnected at the rear by the tailplane, on top of which was a third fin. Only one example was built, serialed 259.

Created December 31, 2012