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Halberstadt D.IV


Biplane Fighter Prototype Aircraft


Imperial Germany | 1916



"Just three prototypes served the Halberstadt D.IV fighter project - the design rejected by German authorities."



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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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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Halberstadt D.IV Biplane Fighter Prototype Aircraft.
1 x Benz Bz.III engine developing 150 horsepower and driving a two-bladed propeller at the nose.
Propulsion
92 mph
148 kph | 80 kts
Max Speed
11,811 ft
3,600 m | 2 miles
Service Ceiling
650 ft/min
198 m/min
Rate-of-Climb
Structure
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the Halberstadt D.IV Biplane Fighter Prototype Aircraft.
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(MANNED)
Crew
23.6 ft
7.20 m
O/A Length
27.6 ft
(8.40 m)
O/A Width
8.4 ft
(2.55 m)
O/A Height
1,367 lb
(620 kg)
Empty Weight
1,830 lb
(830 kg)
MTOW
Armament
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Halberstadt D.IV Biplane Fighter Prototype Aircraft .
PROPOSED:
2 x 7.92mm LMG 08/15 machine guns synchronized to fire through the spinning propeller blades.
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the Halberstadt D.IV family line.
D.IV - Base Series Designation; three prototypes completed.
Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Halberstadt D.IV. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 3 Units

Contractor(s): Halberstadt - German Empire
National flag of the German Empire

[ German Empire (cancelled) ]
Relative Max Speed
Hi: 100mph
Lo: 50mph
Aircraft Max Listed Speed (92mph).

Graph Average of 75 MPH.
Era Crossover
Pie graph section
Showcasing Aircraft Era Crossover (if any)
Max Alt Visualization
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Production Comparison
3
36183
44000
Entry compared against Ilyushin IL-2 (military) and Cessna 172 (civilian) total production.
MACH Regime (Sonic)
Sub
Trans
Super
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HiHyper
ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030
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