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Arriving at the front in December 1915, the Rumpler C.I was a general purpose reconnaissance biplane that remained in production throughout the war. Unlike previous German two-seaters, it was not a pre-war adaptation but was specifically designed for combat. For this reason, and owing to its manoeuvrability, good speed and rapid rate of climb, it was favored by air crews of the German Fliegertruppe for photo reconnaissance, artillery spotting and light bombing. The Rumpler C.I saw service on almost all fronts of the war. Post-war, it remained in use with the air services of Poland and several Baltic states.
 
Rumpler C.I Specifications
Country: Germany
Manufacturer: E. Rumpler Flugzeugwerk GmbH
Type: Reconnaissance
First Introduced: Late 1915
Number Built:  
Engine: Mercedes D III, 6-cylinder, liquid cooled inline, 160 hp
Wing Span: 39 ft 10½ in (12.15 m)
Length: 25 ft 9 in (7.85 m)
Height: 10 ft ½ in (3.06 m)
Empty Weight: 1,745 lb (793 kg)
Gross Weight: 2,867 lb (1,333 kg)
Max Speed: 95 mph (152 km/h) at sea level
Ceiling: 16,405 ft (5,000 m)
Endurance: 4 hours
Crew: 2
Armament: 2 machine guns
220 lb (100 kg) of bombs
 
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