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Rumpler C.IV

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Rumpler C.IV
Type Reconnaissance aircraft
Manufacturer Bayerische Rumpler-Werke
Designed by Dr. Edmund Rumpler
Introduced 1917
Primary user Luftstreitkräfte
Variants Rumpler 6B-2

The Rumpler C.IV was German single-engine, two-seater reconnaissance biplane. The C.IV was a development of Rumpler C.III with different tail surfaces and using a Mercedes D.IVa engine in place of C.III's Benz Bz.IV. In addition to the parent company, the aircraft was also built by Pfalz Flugzeugwerke as the Pfalz C.I. Another variant of the basic design was the Rumpler 6B-2 single-seat floatplane fighter, with a 160 hp (120 kW) Mercedes D.III engine, built for the Imperial Navy.

For a 2-seater reconnaissance aircraft, Rumpler C.IV had an excellent performance, which enabled it to remain in front line service until the end of World War I on the Western Front, as well as in Italy and Palestine.

Specifications (C.IV)

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2 (pilot and observer)
  • Length: 8,41 m (ft in)
  • Wingspan: 12,66 m (ft in)
  • Height: m (ft in)
  • Wing area: 33,50 m² (ft)
  • Empty weight: kg (lb)
  • Loaded weight: 1530 kg (lb)
  • Useful load: kg (lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: kg (lb)
  • Powerplant:Mercedes D.IVa water-cooled in-line , 260 hp (194 kW)



  • 1 × fixed forward-firing 7.92 mm LMG 08/15 with an interruptor gear
  • 1 x 7.92 mm Parabellum MG14 machine gun on a ring mounting
  • 100 kg of bombs


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

See also

Comparable aircraft
Albatros C.X - LVG C.VI - Salmson 2

See also
A page about Max Psaar, an ethnic Sorbian Rumpler C.IV pilot of Luftstreitkräfte (in German).

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