14
Mar
09

Halberstadt CL IV

Halberstadt CL IV

This airplane appeared late in World War I as a ground attack plane.  The Halberstadt CL II had shown it could be effective in the ground support role, so Karl Thies, Halberstadt’s chief designer, created a more effective design for ground attack.  The CL IV proved an effective ground attacker because of exceptional maneuverability.  In the hands of a capable pilot it could dogfight other fighters.  The Germans also used the CL IV in night attacks against Allied bomber formations as they returned from their bombing missions.  Capable of over a hundred miles an hour, it carried into battle one or two Spandau 7.92 millimeter machine guns synchronized to shoot through the propeller, one 7.92 Parabellum machine gun mounted on the wooden ring just behind the wing, grenades dropped by the pilot, and five twenty-two pound bombs. 

For more information see:  http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=4026

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