Halberstadt CL.IV

The Halberstadt CL.IV was to replace the hitherto successful Battle flier Halberstadt CL.II in 1918. However, since the aircraft were too slow to keep up with Allied aircraft, they were used at the end of the war as a night bomber.


Development and construction:

At the beginning of 1917 Halberstadt CL.II was introduced by Halberstädter Flugzeugwerke as the first escort and ground combat aircraft and proved itself very well on the western front. Shortly after the start of production, work was already underway on a successor model. After the CL.III existed only as a prototype, the CL.IV was introduced in early 1918 and started production.


Halberstadt CL.IV


Halberstadt CL.IV




Use in the First World War:

With the spring offensive of the Germans 1918 also the first airplanes of the type CL.IV were used. These were able to successfully attack the positions of the Allies on the ground, but because of their low speed, the aircraft quickly became targets of anti-aircraft and enemy fighter pilots.

The weak armor and insufficient armament also meant that the army command used these machines mainly as a night bomber until the end of the war.




Technical specifications:

Designation: Halberstadt CL.IV
Country: German Empire
Typ: Ground attack aircraft and fighter escort
Length: 6,54 meters
Span: 10,74 meters
Height: 2,7 meters
Mass: 728kg empty
Crew: Max. 2
Engine: Water cooled inline engine Mercedes D IIIa 160hp
Maximum speed: 180 km/h
Reach: 500 kilometers
Armament: 1 x machine gun 7,92 mm Parabellum, 1 x synchronized 7,92-mm LMG 08/15 machine gun and up to 100Kg bombs and mines






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Fokker Dr I Aces of World War 1 (Aircraft of the Aces)

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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Friedrichshafen Aircraft of WWI: A Centennial Perspective on Great War Airplanes (Great War Aviation) (Volume 21)

Friedrichshafen Aircraft of WWI: A Centennial Perspective on Great War Airplanes (Great War Aviation) (Volume 21) Paperback – February 16, 2016

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German and Austro-Hungarian Aircraft Manufacturers 1908-1918

German and Austro-Hungarian Aircraft Manufacturers 1908-1918 Paperback – December 15, 2010

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The Zeppelin in Combat: A History of the German Naval Airship Division

The Zeppelin in Combat: A History of the German Naval Airship Division Hardcover – January 9, 1997

The standard reference now revised and expanded. Dr. Robinson has opened up his vast photo archives to enhance this new edition of his classic work. Much of the new photographic material is published here for the first time.

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