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Biplane Fighter Prototype Aircraft (1916)


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



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 07/31/2019 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.
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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.

Specifications



Service Year
1916

Origin
Imperial Germany national flag graphic
Imperial Germany

Status
CANCELLED
Development Ended.
Crew
1

Production
3
UNITS


Halberstadt - German Empire
National flag of the German Empire German Empire (cancelled)
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Air-to-Air Combat, Fighter
General ability to actively engage other aircraft of similar form and function, typically through guns, missiles, and/or aerial rockets.
X-Plane (Developmental, Prototype, Technology Demonstrator)
Aircraft developed for the role of prototyping, technology demonstration, or research / data collection.


Length
23.6 ft
(7.20 m)
Width/Span
27.6 ft
(8.40 m)
Height
8.4 ft
(2.55 m)
Empty Wgt
1,367 lb
(620 kg)
MTOW
1,830 lb
(830 kg)
Wgt Diff
+463 lb
(+210 kg)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the base Halberstadt D.IV production variant)
Installed: 1 x Benz Bz.III engine developing 150 horsepower and driving a two-bladed propeller at the nose.
Max Speed
92 mph
(148 kph | 80 kts)
Ceiling
11,811 ft
(3,600 m | 2 mi)
Rate-of-Climb
650 ft/min
(198 m/min)


♦ MACH Regime (Sonic)
Sub
Trans
Super
Hyper
HiHyper
ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030


(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the base Halberstadt D.IV production variant. Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database. View aircraft by powerplant type)
PROPOSED:
2 x 7.92mm LMG 08/15 machine guns synchronized to fire through the spinning propeller blades.


Supported Types


Graphical image of an aircraft medium machine gun


(Not all ordnance types may be represented in the showcase above)
Hardpoint Mountings: 0


D.IV - Base Series Designation; three prototypes completed.


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