The Hannover CL and its subsequent variants, was an escort fighter, produced in Germany during World War I, designed in response to a 1917 requirement for a heavily armed machine to protect reconnaissance aircraft over enemy territory. A compact biplane of largely conventional configuration with single-bay staggered wings of unequal span it featured a fuselage of thin plywood panelling, wooden monocoque design, very similar to the style of fuselage in Robert Thelen's Albatros series of single-seat fighters.
The main units of the fixed tail skid undercarriage were linked by a cross-axle, and the pilot and tail gunner sat in tandem, open cockpits, with the gunner's cockpit elevated above the line of the upper fuselage to afford him a greater field of fire. For the same purpose, the aircraft featured an unusually compact empennage, with a short fin integral with the rear fuselage structure and a biplane tail unit that allowed the rear gunner to have a larger field of afterwards fire when defending the aircraft. Smaller than the usual C-class reconnaissance aircraft, it was easy for enemy pilots to mistake it for a single-seat fighter; a mistake that would bring them into the line of fire of the rear-facing dorsal gunner when closing from astern.
Armed with a fixed, pilot operated, forward-firing 7.92 mm LMG 08/15 Spandau machine gun together with the rear gunner’s trainable, rearward-firing 7.92 mm Parabellum MG14 machine gun the Hannover CL could reach a maximum speed of 165km/h and reach a ceiling of over 7,500m.
The two seater two-seat multi-role aircraft, primarily used as a ground attack machine. Like the other Hannover "light-C-class", or "CL" designated aircraft designed by Hermann Dorner, it included an unusual biplane tail, allowing for a greater firing arc for the tail gunner. Until the introduction of the aircraft, such tails had only been used on larger aircraft..
The type was widely produced, and as the war continued, was increasingly employed as a ground attack machine, remaining in service in this role until the Armistice.
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