Rumpler B.I

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Rumpler B.I
Role Reconnaissance
Manufacturer Rumpler
Introduction 1914[1]
Primary users Germany
Number built ≥177[2]-198[3][note 1]
Wingspan 13.0 m (42 ft 7 in) [4][5]
Engine 100hp Mercedes D.I inline[6]
Armament none
Crew 2
Max Speed 105 km/h (65 mph)[5][note 2]
Climb 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 9:30[5]
2,000 m (6,560 ft) in 27:30[5]
3,000 m (9,840 ft) in 48:30[5]

The Rumpler B.I served in moderate numbers with the German air service in early 1915 until tailing off slowly in the second half. The high point was forty-one in service in April 1915. It served on both the Western and Eastern Fronts.[3]

Austria-Hungarian B.Is

Twenty-nine Rumpler B.I Series 02 were purchased by Austria-Hungary in 1914-March 1915. They flew reconnaissance missions with two Fliks on the Eastern Front, two in the Balkans, and one on the Italian front. Some were refitted with the 100hp Daimler engine, rather than try to maintain or repair the foreign Mercedes. Like so many B-class aeroplanes, when their active service ended in early 1916, they were transferred to training units.[8]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Rumpler B.I.

Timeline [note 3]

Game Data

Wings of Glory

Preliminary Stats
Availability Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
14Q3-16Q1 XB --- 11 11? 8

Miniatures and Models

1:144 Scale

1:285/6mm/1:288 Scale


Orthographic Drawings


  1. Built by both Rumpler and Pfalz.[3]
  2. Gray gives 145 km/h (90 mph), but that seems high.[7][4]
  3. German numbers are from bi-monthly Frontbestand records (Effective Frontline Strength).[9]
  1. Herris, p.22.
  2. Herris, p.27.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Lamberton, p.140.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Lamberton, pp.224-225.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Grosz'93, p.392.
  6. Herris, p.22.
  7. Gray, p.512.
  8. Grosz'93, p.390.
  9. Grosz'85, p.60 and Grosz'86, p.66.
  • Peter Gray and Owen Thetford. German Aircraft of the First World War. Great Britain, Putnam, 1962, 1987. ISBN 0-85177-809-7.
  • Peter M. Grosz, "Archiv -- Frontbestand". WW1 Aero, № 107, Dec 1985 and № 108, Feb 1986. Poughkeepsie, NY: World War I Aeroplanes, Inc.
  • Peter M. Grosz, George Haddow, and Peter Schiemer. Austro-Hungarian Army Aircraft of World War One. Flying Machines Press, 1993. ISBN 0-9637110-0-8.
  • Jack Herris, Rumpler Aircraft of WWI. Aeronaut Books, 2014. ISBN 978-1-935881-21-6.
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Reconnaissance & Bomber Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Ltd., 1962. ISBN 9780900435027