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Edmund Rumpler founded Rumpler Luftfahrzeugbau in Berlin-Johannisthal in 1908 and initially built Taube designs but soon moved into biplane land planes and sea planes. A small venture into twin-engine bombers was made, but Idflieg wisely influenced the firm to concentrate on their excellent C.IV/VII derivatives instead.[1]

Production aircraft from the Great War or shortly thereafter include:


  1. The 4A15 was a prototype twin-engine bomber which first flew in 1915. It led to the G.I and its successors.[2]
  2. The Rumpler 4A was basically a Rumpler B.I with floats.[3]
  3. The Rumpler 4B1 was a one-off refinement of the 4A. It was rejected by the Navy.[3]
  4. The Rumpler 4B13 was a prototype with a 160hp Gnome engine, but it did not move into production.[3]
  5. The Rumpler 4E was a 1914 flying boat design, but only one or two were built.[3]
  1. Herris, p.2
  2. Herris'14, pp.170-171.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Nowarra, p.58.
  • Peter Gray and Owen Thetford. German Aircraft of the First World War. Great Britain, Putnam, 1962, 1987. ISBN 0-85177-809-7.
  • Jack Herris, German G-Type Bombers of WWI. Aeronaut Books, 2014. ISBN 978-1-935881-26-1.
  • Jack Herris, Rumpler Aircraft of WWI. Aeronaut Books, 2014. ISBN 978-1-935881-21-6.
  • Heinz J. Nowarra, Bruce Robertson, and Peter G. Cooksley. Marine Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Letchworth, Herts, England: Harleyford Publications Limited, 1966. ISBN 0900435070