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Rumpler C.I

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Rumpler C.I
Type Reconnaissance aircraft
Manufacturer Bayerische Rumpler-Werke
Introduced 1915
Primary users Luftstreitkräfte
Produced 1915 - 1917
Variants Rumpler 6B-1

Entering service in 1915, the Rumpler C.I, a two-seater single-engine reconnaissance biplane, was one of the first German C-type aircraft, and also one of the longest serving in its class during the World War I, being retired from the last front line units only in early 1918.

The C.I was a successful design, and it was used on Western and Eastern Fronts, Macedonia, Salonika and Palestine. Early production examples were armed only with a single Parabellum machine gun on a Schneider ring mounting, but later aircraft had additionally a synchronised Spandau gun on the port side of fuselage. When used as a light bomber the C.I could also carry 100 kg of bombs.

In addition to the parent company, the Bayerische Rumpler-Werke, the Rumpler C.I was also produced by the Germania Flugzeug-Werke, the Märkische Flugzeug-Werke, the Hannoversche Waggonfabrik and the Albert Rinne Flugzeug-Werke. Variants included the C.Ia, which used a 180 hp Argus As.III engine instead of Mercedes D.III, the C.II, of which there's no evidence that any were actually built, 6B-1 single-seat floatplane fighter, and a Rumpler-built batch of C.Is intended for training which omitted the gun ring in the rear cockpit and was powered by a 150 hp Benz Bz.III.

It was this training role in which the C.I was latterly used, its friendly handling qualities making it suitable to be flown even by inexperienced pilots.


Specifications (C.I)

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2 (pilot and observer)
  • Length: 7,85 m (ft in)
  • Wingspan: 12,15 m (ft in)
  • Height: 3,05 m (ft in)
  • Wing area: 35,70 m² (ft)
  • Empty weight: kg (lb)
  • Loaded weight: 1330 kg (lb)
  • Useful load: kg (lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: kg (lb)
  • Powerplant:Mercedes D.III water-cooled in-line , 160 hp (120 kW)



  • 1 × fixed forward-firing 7.92 mm LMG 08/15 with an interruptor gear on the port side of the fuselage (in later aircraft only)
  • 1 × 7.92 mm Parabellum MG14 machine gun on a Schneider ring mounting
  • 10 × 10 kg bombs


  • Munson, Kenneth - Bombers, Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft 1914 - 1919 ISBN 0 7537 0918 X
  • Munson, Kenneth - Fighters, Attack and Training Aircraft 1914 - 1919 ISBN 0 7537 0916 3

See also

Comparable aircraft
Albatros C.I - Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.8 Designation sequence
C.I - C.II - C.III - C.IV - C.V - C.VII

See also

Template:Idflieg C-class designations

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