The German aircraft industry excelled in producing efficient aircraft for high altitude reconnaissance duties and pioneered the use of aircraft specifically designed for the ground attack role. The Rumpler was one of the best:
The Rumpler C.IV-VII were virtually indistinguishable from the outside. Engine installation and equipment fittings were the primary differences. This aircraft is shown to represent an aircraft that flew with the unit Flieger-Abteilung (A ) 253 during the late summer of 1918. Leutnant der Reserve Hanns-Gerd Rabe flew numerous long range patrols. The aircraft's high ceiling kept it relatively safe from pursuing Allied fighters.
The Halberstadt CL.II was the first purpose designed aircraft for the ground attack role. This one represents the black-tailed aircraft ofSchlachtstaffel 2 commander Oblt. Oscar Bechtle.
This aircraft is the improved version of the Halberstadt CL.II, the CL.IV which was very successful in harassing Allied troops from the Spring of 1918 until the end of the war. This represents a license built aircraft by Roland.
This excellent restoration of an Halberstadt CL.IV was carried out by expert craftsmen at the Museum fr Verkehr und Teknik in Berlin. It is currently on display at the Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio.