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Halberstadt D.II, by Halberstädter Flugzeugwerke

Main role: Fighter

Engine: 6-cylindre Mercedes D.II engine 88.3 kW (118.4 hp)

Armament: 1 7.92 mm LMG 08/15 machinegun

The Halberstadt D-series of single-seat fighters was developed from the unarmed B.II reconnaissance two-seater, inheriting that type’s considerable structural strength. The D.I appeared late in 1915 with a single interrupted gun and a powerplant comprising one 75-kW (100 hp) Mercedes D.I inline engine. The production model, of which few were built, was the D.II with the more powerful Mercedes D.II engine and a wing radiator in place of the original nose-mounted unit. These served for a few months from June 1916 before being supplanted by the D.III, which differed mainly in its larger horn-balanced ailerons and as powerplant one 89-kW (120 hp) Argus AS.II inline. A few D.IV’s were produced for Turkey with twin guns and the 112 kW (150 hp) Benz Bz.III, and the D.V of 1917 was a refined type with more streamlined plywood-covered fuselage and the As.II engine. (source: The International Encyclopedia of Aircraft, Oriole Publishing, 1991)

Span: 8.8 m (28.8 ft)

Length: 7.3 m (24 ft)

Height: 2.67 m (8.75 ft)

Wing surface: 23.6 m² (254 ft²)

Empty weight: 520 kg (1146 lbs)

Max. weight: 730 kg (1609 lbs)


Cruise speed: 

Max. speed: 145 km/h (90 mph)

Ceiling: 5974 m (19.600 ft)

Endurance: 2 hours (250 km/155 mi)

Climb rate:    

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