Halberstadt D.III

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Halberstadt D.III
Captured Halberstadt D.III fighter c1917.jpg
Role Fighter
Manufacturer Halberstadt
First flight Feb 1916[1]
Introduction Jun 1916[2]
Primary user Cross-Pattee-alternate3.svg Germany
Number built 50[3]
Wingspan 8.81 m (28 ft 11 in) [4]
Engine 120hp Argus As.II inline
Armament fixed sync. IMG-08/15
Crew 1
Max Speed 145 km/h (90 mph)[5][4]
Climb 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 4:00[6][4]
2,000 m (6,560 ft) in 9:00[6][4]
3,000 m (9,840 ft) in 15:00[5][6][4]
Ceiling 6,000 m (19,600 ft)[5]

The Halberstadt D.III and D.II premiered in June 1916 at a time when the Fokker Eindeckers were really showing their age and lack of performance, and they were followed by the Halberstadt D.V. Their good flying characteristics made them more popular than their contemporaries of the Fokker D.I-IV, and it was not until the rise of the twin-gun Albatros fighters that the the Halberstadts were withdrawn from the Western Front in mid 1917.

The Halberstadt D.III featured the 120hp Argus AS II engine, usually with an upright exhaust pipe. Ace Joseph Jacobs described the Halberstadt as "extraordinarily easy to fly, was very fast and stable, and possessed no vices." The most common criticism was the obscured forward vision. Fifty D.IIIs were built, roughly a quarter of all the Halberstadt D-fighters.

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

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Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
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P B 14 9 4
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Notes
  1. German numbers are from bi-monthly Frontbestand records (Effective Frontline Strength).[7]
  2. 2.0 2.1 Updated card
Citations
  1. Grosz'96, p.3.
  2. Grosz'96, p.5.
  3. Grosz'96, p.46.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Lamberton, pp.218-219.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Gray, p.149.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Grosz'96, p.48.
  7. 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.
  • P.M. Grosz, Classics of WWI Aviation #1: Halberstadt Fighters. Great Britain, Albatros Publications, Ltd., 1996. ISBN 0-948414-86-3
  • Peter M. Grosz, "Archiv -- Frontbestand". WW1 Aero, № 107, Dec 1985 and № 108, Feb 1986. Poughkeepsie, NY: World War I Aeroplanes, Inc.
  • W.M.Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman. Fighter Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Harleyford Publications Limited, 1960.