Designed taken as a basis their household B.II aircraft, the early Halberstadt fighters (D.I,II and III) were the first biplane fighters that took over the place of the Fokker Eindeckers in 1916. Flimsy looking, but strong and efficient, these neat fighter were sadly overshadowed by the infinitely more famous Albatros D-types. They deserve more recognition.
This sharp photo depicted the second D.I prototype in all its esplendor. Clearly evident in front of it Argus engine (Mercedes according to other sources) is the “car type” radiator and close to it the gun synchronizer device for the MG 08 machine gun. Its propeller is sure a work of art.
Photo: Peter M. Grosz collection