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    Caudron G.4 at the Udvar-Hazy Center

    Although World War I fighter aircraft often command greater attention, the most influential role of aviation in the war was reconnaissance. An early light bomber and reconnaissance aircraft, the French Caudron G.4 was a principal type used when these critical air power roles were being conceived and pioneered.

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    Caudron G-4 Rear Panorama

    Panoramic view inside the rear of the Caudron G-4.

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    Caudron G-4 Front Panorama

    Panoramic view inside the front of the Caudron G-4.

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This object is on display in the Pre-1920 Aviation at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Pre-1920 Aviation

The 1917 French twin-engine Caudron G.4 has great significance as an early light bomber and reconnaissance aircraft. It was a principal type used when these critical air power missions were being conceived and pioneered in World War I. Although fighter aircraft frequently gain greater attention, the most influential role of aviation in the First World War was reconnaissance. The extensive deployment of the Caudron G.4 in this role makes it an especially important early military aircraft. Moreover, despite its speed and armament limitations, the Caudron G.4 was quite reliable, had a good rate of climb, and was pleasant to fly, all characteristics that made it a good training aircraft after its combat effectiveness was reduced. Many Allied pilots received their initial flight training on the Caudron G.4. The NASM Caudron is among the oldest surviving bomber aircraft in the world, and one of the very few remaining multi-engine aircraft from this period.