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The pictures shows Halberstadt Cl. IV, 8103/18, on loan from the NASM, currently
in the Flugwerft Schleissheim, the Oberschleissheim branch of the Deutsches
Museum, Munich. 8103/18 is part of a collection of four Halberstadt CL.IV from
Paul Straehle, the forme JASTA 18 pilot. He started Straehle Luftverkehr ( Air
Traffic) with several Halberstadts in 1919. The last flight of one of his Halberstadts
was on Sept. 09, 1938. The D71 was restored by Daimler Benz in the sixties,
but three more where still stored in Schorndorf. In the beginning of the eighties
Paul Straehle tried to find a new place and planned to restore one of his Halberstadts
to fly it. No partner could be found in Germany, so the complete collection
went to the U.S. in 1982. Stan Parris and Ken Hyde swapped them for 6 T-28 from
the Air Force Museum in Dayton. But they remained unrestored. The Museum fuer
Verkehr und Technik offered to restore the Halberstadts, for getting one of
them for display. The MVT now has D-IBAO on exhibit in Berlin, the US-Airforce-Museum
got the 'Zebra' ( serial unknown) and the NSAM got 8103/18. It is still ( April
2001) in Schleissheim, until the NASM has finished the new buildings, I presume.
This series of Halberstadt restaurations are one of the best of WWI german aircrafts,yet.
In my view they only compares to NASM's Albatros D.V. Lozenge fabric was printed
after painstaking research, as a lot of original fabric was saved. On 8103/18
the fuselage camouflage could be restored, also, including correct shades of
the used paints.
Beautiful restoration of original plane, this aircraft features brass
The tires appear to be authentic 'Continental' and
are mounted on wheels covered
with fabric. These covers have laced valve access points
and the hubs have been
painted and cotter-pinned. The undercarriage is sprung
with black rubber bungee cords,
and the suspension is protected from damage by looped wire
The propeller is a seven-lamination Luchenwald that appears
to be walnut and spruce, and is mounted to a
hub that has a black center plug notched
for some sort of mechanical prop-turner.
The wings are covered in five-color lozenge fabric applied at
a 45-degree angle. The rib tapes are cut from the same fabric,
as are the leading edge tape, which is doped over the rib tapes.
The lower wings only have metal stacking pads, and there appear
to be cotter or clevis pins that hold the spars to the fuselage.
These pins are secured to the plane with small chains to prevent
their misplacement when the wings are removed.
The underside of the center section of the top wing, and all metal fittings
not otherwise described are painted a grayish green, including the metal
tube struts. This center section features the unpainted aluminum Teeves und
Braun radiator, through which one can see daylight. The gravity tank features
two small copper gas lines, one forward and one aft, traveling down into the
The engine pipes are a blue-black steel, as is the exhaust, and all rubber
fittings are black rubber. The leading cylinder is painted with a red
band, which I presume to indicate an over-compressioned engine.
Other fittings of note include the pressure pump outside the pilot's cockpit
on the starboard fuselage, and the unpainted two-part gun ring atop the
gray-green metal struts. The crew also has a wing-well compass on
the port lower wing, and an anemometer (painted black) on the starboard
interplane strut. There is a fuel drain underneath the pilot's main tank.
Note Halberstadt decal on rudder only. Also note the thumb-turn
cowl fastener buttons and the tiny springs holding the cowl chin
The following pictures were taken at the USAF Museum by Matt Bittner. For more
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