From Wings of Linen

Halberstädter Flugzeug-Werke GmbH built both fighters and two-seat aircraft, most of which were well-liked. The firm began as Deutsche Bristol Werke Flugzeug in 1912, but it changed its name at the beginning of the war.[1] It began by building trainers, a Taube, and B-class two-seaters, but branched into fighters with the D.I prototype and D.II.

Production aircraft from the Great War or shortly thereafter include:


  1. The CLS.I was a smaller version of the CL.IV. It was tested too late to go into production.[2]
  2. The C.VII was a prototype based on the C.V with a 245hp Maybach Mb.IV engine.[3]
  3. The C.VIII was a prototype combining C.VII and CL.IV features and probably would have been the next into production had the war continued.[4]
  4. The C.IX was a prototype C.V variant using an Austro-Hungarian Heiro engine, probably intended for use by the Empire.[4]
  5. The D.I was a Feb'16 prototype with the 100hp Mercedes D.I or 120hp Argus As.II, which became the D.II prototype when re-engined with the 120hp Mercedes D.II.[5]
  6. The D.IV of 1917 did not go into production.[6] Three prototypes were built, and lessons learned were carried forward into the CL.II.[7]
  7. A single G.I twin-engine bomber was built in the winter of 1915/16 but the type did not go into production.[8][9]
  1. Grosz'96, p.3.
  2. Gray'87, p.421.
  3. Gray'87, p.419.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Gray'87, p.420.
  5. Gray'87, p.146.
  6. Gray'87, p.423.
  7. Grosz'96, p.13.
  8. Gray'87, p.425.
  9. Herris'14, p.160.
  • Peter Gray and Owen Thetford. German Aircraft of the First World War. Great Britain, Putnam, 1962, 1987. ISBN 0-85177-809-7.
  • P.M. Grosz, Halberstadt Fighters. Great Britain, Albatros Publications Ltd., 1996. ISBN 0-948414-86-3
  • Jack Herris, German G-Type Bombers of WWI. Aeronaut Books, 2014. ISBN 978-1-935881-26-1.
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Reconnaissance & Bomber Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Ltd., 1962. ISBN 9780900435027