Gotha Aircraft: From the London Bomber to the Flying Wing Jet Fighter

Author(s): Andreas Metzmacher

ISBN: 9781781557068
Copies: 400
£17.50 £25.00
The history and aircraft of the department of aircraft production at the Gothaer Waggonfabrik from 1913 to 1954.
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  • Historically rich in detail with previously unpublished photographs

  • An exclusive insight into the vicissitudes of a German aircraft factory

  • From the Gotha Dove through the Gotha G IV, Go 145, Bf 110, Horten Ho 229 and the Gotha Go 530, the complete description of all aircraft built at Gotha, including those built under licence
  • A welcome return of an updated version of a book first published over thirty years ago

Gothaer Waggonfabrik (GWF), originally a rail vehicle manufacturer, entered the aircraft industry in 1913. GWF managed to make a name for themselves internationally and Gotha became synonymous with German bomber aircraft of the First World War.

Even successful seaplanes and the world’s first asymmetric aircraft were a part of GWF’s production and lasted until the Treaty of Versailles forced the abandonment of aircraft production. Aircraft could not be built in Gotha until 1933. GWF did receive development contracts for the Luftwaffe, but they were essentially side issues and not the lucrative mass construction variety.

In 1939, a world altitude record in the Go 150 provided GWF with a small though internationally significant highlight. During the Second World War, GWF developed cargo gliders and built the Messerschmitt Bf 110 heavy fighter/Zerstörer under licence.

In 1944, Gotha undertook production of the Horten Ho 229, a flying wing jet fighter, and designed its more radical successor. In 1954, aircraft construction was stopped after Gotha developed its last aircraft.

BOOK ISBN 9781781557068
FORMAT 248 x 172 mm
BINDING Hardback
PAGES 160 pages
PUBLICATION DATE 21 October 2021
ILLUSTRATIONS 157 black-and-white photographs


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Andreas Metzmacher started out as an aviation author when he made a documentary for a German television station about the history of Gotha aircraft, although his interest dates to building models in his youth. Aside from aviation in Gotha, his hometown, he is interested above all in the service histories of aircraft and their pilots and writes articles for various German and British aviation magazines.