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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.



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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.
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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.

Specifications



Service Year
1910

Origin
Imperial Germany national flag graphic
Imperial Germany

Status
RETIRED
Not in Service.
Crew
2

Production
120
UNITS


Rumpler Flugzeugwerke - Imperial Germany
National flag of Argentina National flag of Austria National flag of the Austro-Hungarian Empire National flag of Bulgaria National flag of China National flag of the German Empire National flag of Hungary National flag of Italy National flag of the Kingdom of Italy National flag of Norway National flag of Switzerland National flag of Turkey Argentina; Austria-Hungary; Bulgaria; China; German Empire; Kingdom of Italy; Norway; Ottoman Empire (Turkey); Switzerland
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Air-to-Air Combat, Fighter
General ability to actively engage other aircraft of similar form and function, typically through guns, missiles, and/or aerial rockets.
Ground Attack (Bombing, Strafing)
Ability to conduct aerial bombing of ground targets by way of (but not limited to) guns, bombs, missiles, rockets, and the like.
Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR), Scout
Surveil ground targets / target areas to assess environmental threat levels, enemy strength, or enemy movement.
Training (General)
Developed ability to be used as a dedicated trainer for student pilots (typically under the supervision of an instructor).


Length
32.5 ft
(9.90 m)
Width/Span
46.9 ft
(14.30 m)
Height
10.5 ft
(3.20 m)
Empty Wgt
1,433 lb
(650 kg)
MTOW
1,874 lb
(850 kg)
Wgt Diff
+441 lb
(+200 kg)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the Rumpler 4C Taube production variant)
Installed: 1 x Mercedes Typ E4F 4-cylinder water-cooled engine developing 86 horsepower driving a two-bladed propeller unit at the nose.
Max Speed
62 mph
(100 kph | 54 kts)
Ceiling
6,562 ft
(2,000 m | 1 mi)
Range
87 mi
(140 km | 259 nm)


♦ MACH Regime (Sonic)
Sub
Trans
Super
Hyper
HiHyper
ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030


(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the Rumpler 4C Taube production variant. Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database. View aircraft by powerplant type)
Usually none save for personal weapons carried by the crew including rifles, pistols, and hand-dropped bombs.


Supported Types


Graphical image of an aircraft conventional drop bomb munition


(Not all ordnance types may be represented in the showcase above)
Rumpler 4C "Taube" - Base Series Designation


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