Gotha Go 345

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Gotha Go 345
Gotha Go 345.jpg
Role Troop glider
National origin Germany
Manufacturer Gotha
First flight 1944
Number built One prototype

The Gotha Go 345 was a prototype German Military transport glider of the Second World War. A single example was tested in 1944.[1]

Variants[edit]

Go 345A
The assault transport base-line version, optionally fitted with 2x Argus As014 pulse-jet sustainer engines under the wings.
Go 345B
A dedicated cargo variant with no provision for passengers. A shortened nose swung upwards complete with the crew compartment to gain access to the cargo compartment; one built.

Specifications (Go 345A)[edit]

Data from [2], German gliders in World War II[3], Hitler's Luftwaffe[4]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Capacity: 18 troops / 4,500 kg (10,000 lb) cargo
  • Length: 13 m (42 ft 8 in)
  • Wingspan: 21 m (68 ft 11 in)
  • Height: 4.2 m (13 ft 9 in)
  • Wing area: 49.9 m2 (537 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 2,470 kg (5,445 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 6,000 kg (13,228 lb)

Performance

  • Normal towing speed: 310 km/h (190 mph; 170 kn)
  • Maximum towing speed: 370 km/h (230 mph; 200 kn)

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Virtual Aviation Museum - Gotha Go 345 Archived 2008-08-04 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Mrazek, James E. (1977). Fighting gliders of World War II. London: Hale. pp. 48–51. ISBN 978-0312289270.
  3. ^ Nowarra, Heinz J. (1991). German gliders in World War II. West Chester, PA: Schiffer. pp. 38, 47. ISBN 0887403581.
  4. ^ Wood, Tony; Gunston, Bill (1977). Hitler's Luftwaffe : a pictorial history and technical encyclopedia of Hitler's air power in World War 2 (2. impr. ed.). London (27 Old Gloucester St., W.C.1): Salamander Books. ISBN 9780861010059.

Further reading[edit]

  • Green, William; Punnett, Dennis ( line drawings ) (1970). The warplanes of the Third Reich. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday. ISBN 0-385-05782-2.

External links[edit]

  • Rose, Scott. "Gotha Go 345". www.warbirdsresourcegroup.org. Retrieved 16 March 2018.