32023 Rumpler C.IV (Early)
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Records are incomplete and sometimes contradictory so a level of confusion reigns as to the correct designations for the various Rumpler C.IV sub-types. Most Rumpler C.IVs were powered by a 260hp Daimler-Mercedes D.IVa engine and fitted with an internal bomb rack, radio and/or (eventually) various cameras. Airframes fitted with specific equipment or different engines were initially all called ‘Rumpler C.IV’ although eventually they would be allocated different designations along these lines; Fitted with a 270hp Maybach Mb.IVa it could be designated simply ‘Rumpler C.IV’ or ‘Rubild Mb’ or ‘Rumpler C.VII’. With a 300hp Basse & Selve BuS.IVa engine it became the ‘Rumpler C.IV (BuS)’. A 260hp D.IVa powered license built trainer version (with 4 ailerons) made by Pfalz was initially called the ‘Pfalz C.1’ but was later designated the ‘Rumpler C.IV (Pfal)’. Aircraft built under license at Bayerische Rumpler Werke were designated ‘Rumpler C.IV (Bayru)’ and ‘Rumpler C.IV (Bayru) BuS’ depending on the engine. Another trainer version powered by a 180hp Argus As.III engine was the ‘Rumpler C.VIII’. Contemporary references to a ‘C.V’ appear to also refer to the 260hp D.IVa powered Rumpler C.IV while the distinguishing features of a ‘C.IX’(referenced in Rumpler factory drawings) remains a mystery. Interestingly no photo showing a Rumpler marked ‘C.V’, ‘C.VII’ or ‘C.IX’ is known to us. Any history here is of necessity very brief so for a better understanding of this important aircraft we encourage you to seek out the references mentioned below (plus the new Windsock Datafile 149, Rumpler C.IV At War, Ray Rimell 2011).
|Wingspan:||Length:||Max Weight:||Max Speed:|
|12.66m (41.53ft)||Early 8.4m (27.55ft) – Late 8.2m (26.9ft)||1630kg (3593lb)||175kph (109mph)|
|2200 including sub-types (approximately)||September 1916 – late 1918||260hp Daimler-Mercedes D.IVa||7000+m (23,000+ft)|
|1x 7.92mm LMG 08 or LMG 08/15 ‘Spandau’, 1x 7.92mm LMG 14 or LMG 14/18 Parabellum, over 50kg of bombs.|
|Rumpler C.IV Windsock Datafile 35, PM Grosz 1992 - Flight Global Archives (www.flightglobal.com), February 1918 & September 1918 – 1914-18 Aviation Heritage Trust – The Vintage Aviator LTD – Colin Owers – Private Collections.|
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