Re: G.IV Undersurface

Bill Shatzer (
Sun, 14 May 1995 01:32:38 -0400

> I'll have a go at the monotony around here today!
> Is anyone (or everyone, besides me!) aware of the possible practice for
>the undersurfaces on certain AEG G.IV types to have been painted black
>during the course of 1917-18? I recall reading this, I think, but for the
>life of me I can't find the reference again. I'd like to execute a more
>'novel' scheme on the G.IV that I'm now completing.
> Other ideas?
> Thanks, Erik
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Ah, Erik, you don't come up with the *easy* ones, do you? Well,
I've spent the last 2 days going through my references and I can't
come up with anything on black *undersurfaces* on the AEG G. IV.
However, apparently the only surviving AEG G.IV, which is in the
Canadian National Aviation Museum has a black *upper* fuselage and
struts. There is, apparently, some question as to whether this
is original or not but perhaps this was the aircraft you were thinking
of? Anyway, its the best I can do :-)

Cheers, Bill

Bill Shatzer - -
"It's useless to fight the forms.  You've got to kill the people 
producing them."  Vladimir Kabaidze