Rumpler C.III

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Rumpler C.III
Role Reconnaissance
Manufacturer Rumpler
Introduction late 1916
Primary user Germany
Number built ~50? [1]
Wingspan 12.6 m (41 ft 6 in) [2]
Armament sync. fixed LMG08/15
flexible rear Parabellum
bombs [3]
Climb 2,000 m (6,500 ft) in 16:00[2]
Ceiling 4,000 m (13,100 ft) [2]
Range 480 km (300 mi) [2]

Unlike the general-purpose Rumpler C.I the Rumpler C.III was designed specifically for high-altitude photography. It had a more powerful engine (the Benz Bz.IV) and there were many experiments with the control surfaces to make it more flyable. In the end it was caught in the middle: the C.I was a better general-use plane and the upcoming Rumpler C.IV was a better high-performance reconnaissance plane.

While the C.III was not a great success as a plane, many of the lessons learned in its development were applied directly to the excellent Rumpler C.IV.[1]

It was also known as the 6A5 or the 6A6, the former using a compound-curve rear deck and the latter a more conventional profile. [4]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Rumpler C.III.

Timeline [note 1]


  1. German numbers are from bi-monthly Frontbestand records (Effective Frontline Strength).[5]
  1. 1.0 1.1 Herris, p.53.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Lamberton, pp.224-225.
  3. Lamberton, p.142.
  4. Gray, p.516.
  5. 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.
  • 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