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Rumpler Taube (Etrich Taube)

Imperial Germany (1910)
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A variety of builders manufactured the Etrich Taube - though the most famous of these became Rumpler whose aircraft saw combat service in World War 1.


Detailing the development and operational history of the Rumpler Taube (Etrich Taube) Fighter / Light Bomber / Reconnaissance / Trainer Monoplane Aircraft.  Entry last updated on 1/7/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

The Austro-Hungarian-originated "Taube" was a single-seat monoplane aircraft whose design was eventually manufactured by a plethora of companies in Europe during the pre-World War 1 period. Design attribution fell to Igo Etrich and it first appeared in 1909 with a first-flight recorded during the following year. As the Etrich patent was allowed to expire, various firms undertook construction of the Taube including Rumpler, Lohner, Aviatik, DFW, Abatros and some of these saw service in World War 1 (1914-1918) as trainers, reconnaissance platforms and - to some extent - fighters / light bombers (though armed only through hand-held / hand-dropped weapons).

The Taube's wings appeared as if modeled after a bird with elegant, curved lines being used but its true form is said to have been taken from the seed of a Javan cucumber. A simple, slab-sided fuselage was used which contained the engine and pilot at the front-most part of the aircraft (a simple two-bladed propeller being utilized). A fixed wheeled undercarriage was used for ground-running. For aerial control, the wings "warped" in flight - a popular quality of early monoplanes. Power was from a Mercedes Typ E4F 4-cylinder water-cooled piston engine developing 86 horsepower. Maximum speed was 62 miles per hour with a range out to 87 miles and a service ceiling of 6,562 feet.
Despite its seemingly fragile appearance, Taube aircraft designs were used in a variety of civilian- and military-roles. Its first combat sortie took place over Libya when an Italian Taube dropped grenades upon an enemy position during 1911. In 1912 there followed combat exposure over the Balkans and, from then on, the series was used as observation and spotter platforms during World War 1 - though soon outclassed by more advanced aerial machines.

Global operators ranged from Argentina and Bulgaria to the Ottoman Empire and Switzerland.






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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 100mph
Lo: 50mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (62mph).

    Graph average of 75 miles-per-hour.
Relative Operational Ranges
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Graph showcases the Rumpler 4C Taube 's operational range (on internal fuel) when compared to distances between major cities.
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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120


  * 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: 1910
Classification Type: Fighter / Light Bomber / Reconnaissance / Trainer Monoplane Aircraft
Manufacturer(s): Rumpler Flugzeugwerke - Imperial Germany
Production Units: 120
Operational Status: Retired, Out-of-Service
Global Operators:
Argentina; Austria-Hungary; Bulgaria; China; Imperial Germany; Kingdom of Italy; Norway; Ottoman Empire (Turkey); Switzerland
Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Rumpler 4C Taube model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
2


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
32.48 ft


Meters
9.9 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
46.92 ft


Meters
14.3 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
10.50 ft


Meters
3.2 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
1,433 lb


Kilograms
650 kg


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
1,874 lb


Kilograms
850 kg

Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
1 x Mercedes Typ E4F 4-cylinder water-cooled engine developing 86 horsepower driving a two-bladed propeller unit at the nose.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
62 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
100 kph


Knots
54 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
87 mi


Kilometers
140 km


Nautical Miles
76 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
6,562 ft


Meters
2,000 m


Miles
1.24 mi

Armament - Hardpoints (0):

Usually none save for personal weapons carried by the crew including rifles, pistols, and hand-dropped bombs.
Visual Armory:

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Variants: Series Model Variants
• Rumpler 4C "Taube" - Base Series Designation