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  • Halberstadt D.V Biplane Fighter Aircraft

    Fewer than 100 of the Halberstadt D.V biplane fighters were produced for Germany during World War 1 - some saw service into 1918.

     Updated: 12/16/2016; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.MilitaryFactory.com

    The Halberstadt D.V biplane fighter followed more in line with the preceding D.II model than the D.III or D.IV. Its primary difference was in the cabane structure which, once reworked, helped to improve pilot vision out-of-the-cockpit. However, the D.V carried the same engine as the D.III, this the Argus As II series powerplant of 120 horsepower. The single 7.92mm LMG 08/15 machine gun (synchronized) was retained but relocated from the starboard side to port. The D.V debuted over the Front in October of 1916 and fought on into mid-1917 by which point they were already outclassed as frontline platforms. The few final forms fought in the Middle East (Palestine) into 1918.

    The D.V series was produced in three total batches for the German Air Service numbering some 57 total aircraft from October 1916 to June of 1917. Late production models were fielded with 2 x 7.92mm synchronized machine guns for a heftier frontal "punch". Beyond its service with the Germans, the D.V was shipped aboard for use by the Ottoman Turks during World War 1. These were made available in March of 1917 and numbered about 37 aircraft.

    Maximum speed for the D.V was 100 miles per hour.

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    Halberstadt D.V Technical Specifications

    Service Year: 1916
    Type: Biplane Fighter Aircraft
    National Origin: Imperial Germany
    Manufacturer(s): Halberstadt - German Empire
    Production Total: 94

    Structural (Crew Space, Dimensions and Weights)

    Operating Crew: 1
    Length: 23.95 feet (7.3 meters)
    Width: 28.54 feet (8.70 meters)
    Height: 8.20 feet (2.50 meters)

    Weight (Empty): 1,323 lb (600 kg)
    Weight (MTOW): 1,797 lb (815 kg)

    Installed Power and Standard Day Performance

    Engine(s): 1 x Argus As II engine developing 120 horsepower and driving two-bladed propeller unit at the nose.

    Maximum Speed: 99 mph (160 kph; 86 knots)
    Maximum Range: 124 miles (200 km)
    Service Ceiling: 13,123 feet (4,000 meters; 2.49 miles)
    Rate-of-Climb: 820 feet-per-minute (250 m/min)

    Armament / Mission Payload

    1 x 7.92mm LMG 08/15 machine gun in fixed, forward-firing mounting along portside of fuselage.

    Global Operators / Customers

    Imperial Germany; Ottoman Empire (Turkey)

    Model Variants (Including Prototypes)

    D.V - Base Series Designation