Halberstadt CL.IV

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Halberstadt CL.IV
Halberstadt CL IV USAF.jpg
Role Ground Attack
Manufacturer Halberstadt
Designer Karl Theis [1]
First flight Feb 1918 [1]
Introduction June 1918 [1]
Primary users Cross-Pattee-alternate3.svg Germany
Roundel of Estonia.svg Estonia
Number built ≤900 [2][note 1]
Developed from Halberstadt CL.II
Wingspan 10.7 m (35 ft 1 in)[4]-10.8 m (35 ft 4 in)[5]
Engine 160hp Mercedes D.IIIa inline
Armament 1-2×fixed, sync. LMG08/15
flexible rear Parabellum
4-5×10kg bombs and AP grenades
Ammo 500? (belt) + ≥3 drums of 200-250 rounds (Parabellum)[6]
Crew 2
Max Speed 165 km/h (103 mph)[7][4]-169 km/h (105 mph)[5]
Climb 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 4:18[4]
2,000 m (6,560 ft) in 4:05[5]-5:30[4]
3,000 m (9,840 ft) in 8:08[5]-12:42[4]
4,000 m (13,100 ft) in 22:06[4]
5,000 m (16,400 ft) in 16:05[5]-30:48[4]-32:00[7]
Ceiling 16,500 ft (5,000 m) [5]
Endurance 3:00-3:30 [7]

The Schlastas (see Halberstadt CL.II) had been quite successful in close support, and the Halberstadt CL.IV was introduced in 1918 to supplement the CL.II. The CL.IV was a refinement of the CL.II, retaining its compact, nimble form while improving control surfaces. As with the CL.II, provision was made for two fixed machine guns, but in practice only one was usually carried.

When it was introduced in June 1918, the crews reported it was the best CL-class aircraft at the front. Their only complaint was that the shortened fuselage made for some longitudinal instability, making tiring to fly and somewhat unstable as a machine-gun platform. Halberstadt addressed that complaint by lengthening the fuselage by .4 m (1 ft 4 in). The longer fuselage was found on all Roland-built CL.IVs, but it is not clear what proportion of Halberstadt-built machines used the long fuselage.[8]

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

Timeline [note 2]

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Unofficial Stats
Availability Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
18Q3-18Q4 J B/B 16 11 2

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1:144 Scale

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Notes
  1. 1,300 were ordered from Halberstadt and LFG Roland, of which 400 were cancelled.[3]
  2. German numbers are from bi-monthly Frontbestand records (Effective Frontline Strength).[9]
Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Grosz'94, p.1.
  2. Grosz'94, p.4.
  3. Grosz'94, p.3.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 Grosz'94, p.32.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Lamberton, pp.218-219.
  6. Kelly, p.231.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Gray, p.142.
  8. Grosz'94, pp.1-3.
  9. Grosz'85, p.60 and Grosz'86, p.66.
Bibliography
  • 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.
  • P.M. Grosz, Windsock Datafile 43: Halberstadt Cl.IV. Great Britain: Albatros Publications, Ltd., 1994. ISBN 0-948414-58-8
  • 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.