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Rumpler Taube (Etrich Taube)


Fighter / Light Bomber / Reconnaissance / Trainer Monoplane Aircraft


Imperial Germany | 1910



"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."

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Rumpler 4C Taube Fighter / Light Bomber / Reconnaissance / Trainer Monoplane Aircraft.
1 x Mercedes Typ E4F 4-cylinder water-cooled engine developing 86 horsepower driving a two-bladed propeller unit at the nose.
Propulsion
62 mph
100 kph | 54 kts
Max Speed
6,562 ft
2,000 m | 1 miles
Service Ceiling
87 miles
140 km | 76 nm
Operational Range
Structure
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the Rumpler 4C Taube Fighter / Light Bomber / Reconnaissance / Trainer Monoplane Aircraft.
2
(MANNED)
Crew
32.5 ft
9.90 m
O/A Length
46.9 ft
(14.30 m)
O/A Width
10.5 ft
(3.20 m)
O/A Height
1,433 lb
(650 kg)
Empty Weight
1,874 lb
(850 kg)
MTOW
Armament
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Rumpler Taube (Etrich Taube) Fighter / Light Bomber / Reconnaissance / Trainer Monoplane Aircraft .
Usually none save for personal weapons carried by the crew including rifles, pistols, and hand-dropped bombs.
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the Rumpler Taube (Etrich Taube) family line.
Rumpler 4C "Taube" - Base Series Designation


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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.

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Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Rumpler Taube (Etrich Taube). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 120 Units

Contractor(s): Rumpler Flugzeugwerke - Imperial Germany
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[ Argentina; Austria-Hungary; Bulgaria; China; German Empire; Kingdom of Italy; Norway; Ottoman Empire (Turkey); Switzerland ]
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