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Rumpler G (Series)

Imperial Germany (1915)
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The Rumpler G.I began service with the German Air Force in 1915 with some 220 examples ultimately built.


Detailing the development and operational history of the Rumpler G (Series) Biplane Bomber Aircraft.  Entry last updated on 10/26/2016. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

The bomber aircraft found its value over the battlefields of World War 1 (1914-1918) and quickly overtook the strategic bombing role away from the slow-moving Zeppelins and related airships. Rumpler of Germany, primarily remembered for its many biplane aircraft contributions during the conflict, developed such an aircraft in the middle years of the war - this becoming the G-series. About 222 of the large aeroplanes were completed and a first-flight recorded in 1915. The German Air Service was its sole operator.

The G-series bomber existed in prototype form as the "4A15" and its design relied on an unequal-span biplane wing arrangement. The crew numbered three (seated in line) and power was from a pair of Benz Bz.III engines. Multiple wheels were used in the fixed tricycle undercarriage to hold the weight of the massive aircraft when on the ground. The crew sat in open-air cockpits as was the tradition of the time and local defense would be by way of machine guns (trainable 7.92mm Parabellum MG14) set at different positions about the aircraft. The bombload measured 550lb of conventional drop stores.

The 4A15 laid the groundwork for the 5A15 that followed and this finalized design was adopted for service as the G.I. This aircraft carried either the Bz.III engine or the Mercedes D.IIII series and was defensed by just one machine gun. About 60 of the mark were completed before attention shifted to the more refined G.II model (5A16). These were given Benz Bz.IV engines of greater power (and hauling capability) and carried a pair of machine guns for self-defense. Seventy-two of the mark were delivered.

The final production form became the G.III (6G2) which carried 2 x Mercedes D.IV engines of 260 horsepower (raised off of the lower wing assembly) as well as a pair of machine guns for local defense. Maximum speed reached 103 miles per hour with a range out to 440 miles and a service ceiling of 16,000 feet. About 90 of the mark were produced before the end.

Any available statistics for the Rumpler G (Series) Biplane Bomber Aircraft are showcased in the areas immediately below. Categories include basic specifications covering country-of-origin, operational status, manufacture(s) and total quantitative production. Other qualities showcased are related to structural values (namely dimensions), installed power and standard day performance figures, installed or proposed armament and mission equipment (if any), global users (from A-to-Z) and series model variants (if any).






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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 120mph
Lo: 60mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (103mph).

    Graph average of 90 miles-per-hour.
Relative Operational Ranges
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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220


  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Supported Mission Types:
Air-to-Air
Interception
Unmanned
Ground Attack
Close-Air Support
Training
Anti-Submarine
Anti-Ship
Airborne Early Warning
MEDEVAC
Electronic Warfare
Maritime/Navy
Aerial Tanker
Utility/Transport
Passenger Industry
VIP Travel
Business Travel
Search/Rescue
Recon/Scouting
Special Forces
X-Plane/Development
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National Origin: Imperial Germany
Service Year: 1915
Classification Type: Biplane Bomber Aircraft
Manufacturer(s): Rumpler Flugzeugwerke - Imperial Germany
Production Units: 220
Global Operators:
Imperial Germany
Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Rumpler G.III model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
3


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
39.37 ft


Meters
12 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
63.32 ft


Meters
19.3 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
14.76 ft


Meters
4.5 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
5,214 lb


Kilograms
2,365 kg


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
7,937 lb


Kilograms
3,600 kg

Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
2 x Mercedes D.IV engine developing 260 horsepower each.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
103 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
165 kph


Knots
89 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
435 mi


Kilometers
700 km


Nautical Miles
378 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
16,404 ft


Meters
5,000 m


Miles
3.11 mi

Armament - Hardpoints (6):

STANDARD (G.III):
1 x 7.92mm Parabellum MG14 machine gun on flexible mount in nose cockpit.
1 x 7.92mm Parabellum MG14 machine gun on flexible mount in dorsal cockpit.

OPTIONAL (G.III):
Up to 550lb of conventional drop ordnance.
Visual Armory:

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Variants: Series Model Variants
• Rumpler G - Base Series Designation
• 4A15 - Initial prototype; fitted with Benz Bz.III series engines.
• 5A15 (G.I) - Prototype making up G.I production models; fitted with Benz Bz.III OR Mercedes D.III series engines; 1 x 7.92mm machine gun for local defense; 60 examples produced (estimated).
• 5A16 (G.II) - Prototype making up G.II production models; fitted with Benz Bz.IV series engines; 2 x 7.92mm machine guns for local defense; 72 examples produced (estimated).
• 6G2 (G.III) - Prototype making up G.III production model; fitted with Mercedes D.IV series engines; 2 x 7.92mm machine guns for local defense; 90 examples completed (estimated).