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Halberstadt D.IV

Biplane Fighter Prototype Aircraft

Halberstadt D.IV

Biplane Fighter Prototype Aircraft

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OVERVIEW



Just three prototypes served the Halberstadt D.IV fighter project - the design rejected by German authorities.
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ORIGIN: Imperial Germany
YEAR: 1916
MANUFACTURER(S): Halberstadt - German Empire
PRODUCTION: 3
OPERATORS: Imperial Germany (cancelled)
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Halberstadt D.IV model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 1
LENGTH: 23.62 feet (7.2 meters)
WIDTH: 27.56 feet (8.4 meters)
HEIGHT: 8.37 feet (2.55 meters)
WEIGHT (EMPTY): 1,367 pounds (620 kilograms)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 1,830 pounds (830 kilograms)
ENGINE: 1 x Benz Bz.III engine developing 150 horsepower and driving a two-bladed propeller at the nose.
SPEED (MAX): 92 miles-per-hour (148 kilometers-per-hour; 80 knots)
CEILING: 11,811 feet (3,600 meters; 2.24 miles)
RATE-OF-CLIMB: 650 feet-per-minute (198 meters-per-minute)




ARMAMENT



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.


HISTORY



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

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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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