From Wings of Linen

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 "C.VI" was the original designation of the Rubild.[2]
  2. The C.VIII was a trainer version of the C.IV with a 180hp Argus engine.[2]
  3. The Rubild was a version of the C.IV focused on photography.[2]
  4. The Rubild Mb was a version of the C.IV focused on high-altitude photography, equipped with a 245hp Maybach Mb.IVa high-compression engine.[2]
  5. The 4A15 was a prototype twin-engine bomber which first flew in 1915. It led to the G.I and its successors.[3]
  6. The Rumpler 4A was basically a Rumpler B.I with floats.[4]
  7. The Rumpler 4B1 was a one-off refinement of the 4A. It was rejected by the Navy.[4]
  8. The Rumpler 4B13 was a prototype with a 160hp Gnome engine, but it did not move into production.[4]
  9. The Rumpler 4E was a 1914 flying boat design, but only one or two were built.[4]
  1. Herris, p.2
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Herris'14, p.71.
  3. Herris'14, pp.170-171.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 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