Halberstadt C.I and succession aircraft

From 1916 the Halberstädter Flugzeugwerke G.m.b.H. began to equip its unarmed reconnaissance aircraft with machine guns as well. In the course of the war the designers developed several prototypes, finally only the Halberstadt C.V was produced.


Development and design:

In contrast to other manufacturers, the company Halberstädter Flugzeugwerke developed an armed reconnaissance aircraft only late. For this a prototype was developed on the basis of the Halberstadt B.II, which could not be produced in 1917.

During the development of the C.II model the original plans of this airplane became the CL.II and thus a ground fighter airplane instead of an armed reconnaissance aircraft.

The chief designer Karl Theiss presented the C.III at the end of 1917, whose lower wing was unusually attached to a small keel placed under the fuselage. A total of six of these aircraft were built, but were neither used at the front nor produced further.

Like the C.II, the development of the C.IV into an armed reconnaissance aircraft was abandoned and the Halberstadt CL.IV was built as a ground combat aircraft instead.

At the beginning of 1918 the C.V was presented, which was taken up due to its large flight altitude into the German army and was used there predominantly as photo reconnaissance aircraft.

Until the end of the war the C.VI, C.VII and C.VIII were developed and presented, but all aircraft did not exceed the status of the prototype.


Halberstadt C.V


Halberstadt C.V


Preserving Halberstadt C.V




Use in the First World War:

Of the Category C aircraft developed, only the C.V was used as a long-range reconnaissance aircraft during the war in the final months of the war.




Technical data:

Designation: Halberstadt C.V
Country: German Empire
Typ: Armed reconnaissance aircraft
Length: 6,54 meters
Span: 13,62 meters
Height: 2,7 meters
Weight: 728 kilogram empty
Crew: Max. 2
Engine: water-cooled 6-cylinder in-line engine Benz Bz.IVü, 220 HP
Maximum speed: 165 kilometres per hour
Range: 600 kilometers
Arming: 2 machine guns 7,92 mm Parabellum and up to 50 kilograms bombs






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Fokker Dr I Aces of World War 1 (Aircraft of the Aces) Paperback – Bargain Price, August 25, 2001

Undoubtedly the most famous fighter type to see service on either side during World War 1, the Fokker Dr I was a revelation when it entered service on the western front in 1917. Manfred von Richthofen’s JG 1 ‘circus’ was the first Jasta to completely re-equip with the new fighter, and in the skilled hands of its numerous aces the Dr I proved a formidable opponent. The Dr I remained in service on the Western Front until replaced by the superior Fokker D VII in May 1918. Just weeks prior to that, however, Germany’s leading ace, the great ‘Red Baron’, had been killed at the controls of a Dr I.

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