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Halberstadt D.IV

Imperial Germany (1916)
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Just three prototypes served the Halberstadt D.IV fighter project - the design rejected by German authorities.


Detailing the development and operational history of the Halberstadt D.IV Biplane Fighter Prototype Aircraft.  Entry last updated on 12/9/2016. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

The Halberstadt D.IV mark was a short-lived biplane fighter following the earlier D.II design. The D.IV was developed to a German Air Service contract that was awarded on March 9th, 1916 calling for a twin-gunned fighter of strong performance and dogfighting qualities. The resulting aircraft failed to meet expectations and only three were built by the company - authorities citing poor cabane design obstructing critical views for the pilot.

The aircraft was given many traditional biplane fighter qualities of the period - a single-seat open-air cockpit, a biplane (over-under) wing arrangement and fixed wheeled undercarriage (tail-dragger). Power was to come from an engine outputting 150 to 160 horsepower so the Benz Bz.III series engine of 150 horsepower was used to drive the two-bladed wooden propeller. The engine sat under a cowl which added some aerodynamic efficiency at the nose. Armament was to be 2 x 7.92mm synchronized machine guns firing through the spinning propeller blades.

Three D.IV aircraft were contracted for to serve in various levels of testing. The design was formally showcased to German authorities during October of 1916 but was rejected. Nevertheless, the company moved the design forward and produced the successful CL.II two-seat escort/fighter / ground attack biplane. 800 of this mark were built before war's end.

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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 100mph
Lo: 50mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (92mph).

    Graph average of 75 miles-per-hour.
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Origin: Imperial Germany
Year: 1916
Type: Biplane Fighter Prototype Aircraft
Manufacturer(s): Halberstadt - German Empire
Production: 3
Global Operators:
Imperial Germany (cancelled)
Historical Commitments / Honors:

Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
Military lapel ribbon for the Arab-Israeli War
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Britain
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Midway
Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cuban Missile Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
Military lapel ribbon for the WASP (WW2)
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2
Military lapel ribbon for the Yom Kippur
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Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Halberstadt D.IV model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
1


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
23.62 ft


Meters
7.2 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
27.56 ft


Meters
8.4 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
8.37 ft


Meters
2.55 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
1,367 lb


Kilograms
620 kg


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
1,830 lb


Kilograms
830 kg

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Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
1 x Benz Bz.III engine developing 150 horsepower and driving a two-bladed propeller at the nose.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
92 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
148 kph


Knots
80 kts


Performance
CEILING


Feet
11,811 ft


Meters
3,600 m


Miles
2.24 mi


Performance
CLIMB RATE


Feet-per-Minute
650 ft/min


Meters-per-Minute
198 m/min

Supported Weapon Systems:

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Armament - Hardpoints (0):

PROPOSED:
2 x 7.92mm LMG 08/15 machine guns synchronized to fire through the spinning propeller blades.
Variants: Series Model Variants
• D.IV - Base Series Designation; three prototypes completed.