Hannover CL V

Hannoversche Waggonfabrik A.G. traditionally manufactured railway rolling stock. In 1915, however, it was required by the German government to begin producing airplanes for the war effort. So, in 1916, the company began license-building the Aviatik C I, the Halberstadt D II and the Rumpler C Ia. As the aviation department became better equipped, the company began plans for constructing planes of its own design to meet the German high command's new "CL" designation--two-seater planes that were lighter, faster and more agile than the "C" planes which were suffering from the Allies' newest fighters. The resulting series of planes culminated in the CL V, two-seat ground-attack and escort fighter with respectable performance. Only 46 of the requested 100 planes were constructed during 1918, and it is unsure if any of the type even saw combat. After the war, another 62 planes were constructed, as well as 14 examples being built in Norway in 1923-4. These Norwegian planes remained in service until 1929.

The CL V burns 6.9 gallons of aviation fuel per hour of routine usage. The plane had a historical endurance of 3 hours. A full load of fuel and ammo costs $22.45.


Hannover CL V

Subassemblies: Recon Fighter chassis +2; Recon Fighter wings with Biplane option +2; 2 fixed wheels +0.

Powertrain: 138-kW HP gasoline engine with 138-kW old prop and 37.25-gallon fuel tank [Body].

Occ.: 2 XCS Body

Cargo: 6 Body


Armor F RL B T U

Body: 2/2W 2/2W 2/2W 2/2W 2/2W

Wings: 1/2C 1/2C 1/2C 1/2C 1/2C

Wheels: 2/3 2/3 2/3 2/3 2/3



2xAircraft LMG/7.92 mm LMG 08/15 [Body:F] (500 rounds each).*

Aircraft LMG/7.92 mm Parabellum [Body:B] (500 rounds).




Size: 23'x34'x9' Payload: 0.4 tons Lwt.: 1.19 tons

Volume: 96 Maint.: 119 hours Cost: $2,850

HT: 6. HPs: 15 Body, 50 each Wing, 3 each Wheel.

aSpeed: 115 aAccel: 3 aDecel: 15 aMR: 4 aSR: 1

Stall Speed: 38 mph. Take-Off Run: 160 yards. Landing Run: 144 yards.

gSpeed: 172 gAccel: 9 gDecel: 10 gMR: 0.5 gSR: 2

Ground Pressure: Very High. 1/8 Off-Road Speed.


Design Notes:

Historical wing area was 307 sf. MG load outs are a guess. Design payload was 717 lbs; the historical value has been substituted. Design aSpeed was 108 mph. Performance calculations were based on historical values for wing area and loaded weight. A 30-gallon fuel tank was purchased for the design; the historical capacity is shown. The Body MGs are synchronized, lowering RoF by 10% (see p. W:MP8).



The CL II (1917) was the initial type. It featured a 134-kW engine. 439 built.

The CL III (1917) featured a 134-kW engine. It was armed with a single MG to the front, as well as the observer's gun. It was otherwise similar. 537 built.

The Kjeller F.F.7 Hauk was the same plane, license-built in Norway.


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2008 by Jim Antonicic