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The Hannover CL.IIIa saw the highest production totals of the Hannover CL-types and was well-liked by its crews. The plane was so compact it was frequently mistaken for a single seater, to the attacker's chagrin when it turned out to have a "sting in the tail". Visibility was excellent and the plane had excellent maneuverability due to large, balanced ailerons. [1]

Hannover CL.IIIa
Hannover CL IIIa, Forest of Argonne, France, 1918 (restored).jpg
Role Escort/Ground Attack
Manufacturer Hannover
Designer Hermann Dorner [1]
Introduction spring 1918
Primary user Cross-Pattee-alternate3.svg Germany
Number built 537 [1]
Developed from Hannover CL.II
Variants Hannover CL.III
Wingspan 11.7 m (38 ft 4 in) [2]
Engine 180hp Argus As.III inline
Armament sync. fixed LMG08/15 and
flexible rear Parabellum
Crew 2
Max Speed 165 km/h (103 mph) [3][4]
Climb 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 5.3min [3]
Ceiling 7,500 m (24,600 ft) [3][4]
Endurance 3:00 [3][4]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Hannover CL.III.

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Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
W B/B 16 16 5
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  1. German numbers are from bi-monthly Frontbestand records (Effective Frontline Strength).[5]
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Gray, p.150.
  2. Lamberton, pp.218-219.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Gray, p.153.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Munson, p.24.
  5. Grosz'85, p.60 and Grosz'86, p.66.
  • Peter Gray and Owen Thetford. German Aircraft of the First World War. Great Britain, Putnam, 1962, 1987. ISBN 0-85177-809-7.
  • Peter M. Grosz, "Archiv -- Frontbestand". WW1 Aero, № 107, Dec 1985 and № 108, Feb 1986. Poughkeepsie, NY: World War I Aeroplanes, Inc.
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Fighter Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Limited, 1960.
  • Kenneth Munson, Fighters 1914-19, Attack and Training Aircraft. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc., 1976. ISBN 0713707607