Halberstadt CL.II

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Halberstadt CL.II
Halberstadt CL II WW1 aircraft left.jpg
Role Escort/Ground Attack
Manufacturer Halberstadt
Introduction Sept 1917 [1]
Primary user Cross-Pattee-alternate3.svg Germany
Wingspan 10.8 m (35 ft 4 in) [2][3][4]
Engine 160hp Mercedes D.III inline or
(later)180hp Mercedes D.IIIa[4]
Armament 1-2×sync. fixed LMG08/15
flexible rear Parabellum
4-5×10 kg (22 lb) bombs + AP grenades[1]
Ammo 500 rounds (belt) + 2 drums of 200 rounds (Parabellum)[5]
Crew 2
Max Speed 165 km/h (103 mph)[6][7][3][4] - 175 km/h (109 mph)[2]
Climb 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 5:00[6][4]
5,000 m (16,400 ft) in 9:25[2]-39:30[6]
3,000 m (10,000 ft) in 24:30[2]
Ceiling 4,100 m (13,500 ft)[2]-5,100 m (16,700 ft)[6][7][4]
Endurance 3:00 [6][7][3][4]

The CL-class was originally conceived for the use of Schutzstaffeln (Protection Flights) as light, maneuverable two-seat aircraft to protect vulnerable C-class observation planes. The Halberstadt CL.II excelled at that duty, but it was also found to be successful used on its own on ground attack and close-support missions, and such groups were re-designated Schlactstaffeln (Battle Flights).

The CL.II's communal cockpit improved communication between the pilot and gunner, and the compact construction gave the CL.II a nimble grace. The type was later improved in the Halberstadt CL.IV.

For more information, see Wikipedia:Halberstadt CL.II.

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Availability Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb Points
Nov/Dec17-end V B/B 16 12 5 90

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  1. German numbers are from bi-monthly Frontbestand records (Effective Frontline Strength).[8]
Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 Gray, p.136.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Lamberton, pp.218-219.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Angelucci, p.48.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Argus Vol. 1, p.77.
  5. Kelly, p.231.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Gray, p.139.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Munson, p.25.
  8. Grosz'85, p.60 and Grosz'86, p.66.
Bibliography
  • Enzo Angelucci, ed. The Rand McNally Encyclopedia of Military Aircraft, 1914-1980. New York: The Military Press, 1983 edition. ISBN 0-517-41021-4.
  • Argus Books, Airplane Archive: Aircraft of World War One, Volume 1. Great Britain: Argus Books, 1989. ISBN 0-85242-983-5
  • Peter Gray and Owen Thetford. German Aircraft of the First World War. Great Britain, Putnam, 1962, 1987. ISBN 0-85177-809-7.
  • Peter M. Grosz, "Archiv -- Frontbestand". WW1 Aero, № 107, Dec 1985 and № 108, Feb 1986. Poughkeepsie, NY: World War I Aeroplanes, Inc.
  • Kevin Kelly, "Belts and Drums: A Survey of First World War Aircraft Ammunition Totals". Over the Front, Vol. 5, No. 3, Autumn 1990. Walsworth Publishing Co, Inc. and The League of World War I Aviation Historians.
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Fighter Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Limited, 1960.
  • Kenneth Munson, Fighters 1914-19, Attack and Training Aircraft. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc., 1976. ISBN 0713707607