Halberstadt D.II

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Halberstadt D.II
Role Fighter
Manufacturer Halberstadt
Introduction June 1916[1]
Primary user Germany
Number built 96[2]
Wingspan 8.81 m (28 ft 11 in) [3][4]
Engine 120hp Mercedes D.II inline
Armament sync. fixed IMG08/15
Crew 1
Max Speed 145 km/h (90 mph)[5][6][3][4]
Climb 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 3:30[7]-4:00[5][3]
2,000 m (6,560 ft) in 8:30[7]-9:00[3]
3,000 m (9,840 ft) in 14:30[7]-15:00[5][3]
Service Ceiling 4,000 m (13,100 ft)[6][4]
Ceiling 6,000 m (19,600 ft)[5]
Endurance 1:30 [6][4]

The Halberstadt D.II and D.III 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of the Fokker D.I-IV, and it was not until the rise of the twin-gun Albatros fighters that the the Halberstadts were withdrawn from the Western Front in mid 1917.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.II featured the 120hp Mercedes D.II engine with a long horizontal exhaust. 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. Ninety-six D.IIs were built, almost half of all the Halberstadt D-fighters.

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

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Availability Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
16Q3-17Q4 P B 14 9 4

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  1. German numbers are from bi-monthly Frontbestand records (Effective Frontline Strength).[8]
  2. Updated card
  1. Grosz, p.5.
  2. Grosz, p.13.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Lamberton, pp.218-219.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Angelucci, p.43.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Gray, p.149.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Munson, p.34.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Grosz'96, p.48.
  8. Grosz'85, p.60 and Grosz'86, p.66.
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  • 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, Halberstadt Fighters. Great Britain, Albatros Publications Ltd., 1996. ISBN 0-948414-86-3
  • 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