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Taube - Captured by the French in 1914
Developed in 1910 by Igor Etrich, the German Taube (dove) was built in large numbers by various manufacturers. It derived its name from the unique structure and shape of its wings. A slow, unarmed, two-seater monoplane, it entered service in the first year of the war and was used for observation and reconnaissance until 1916.
Taube Specifications
Country: Germany
Manufacturer: Albatros Werke GmbH
Deutsch Flugzeug-Werke GmbH
Gothaer Waggonfabrik AG
Luftfahrzeug GmbH
Rumpler Flugzeugwerk GmbH
Type: Reconnaissance
Entered Service: 1914
Number Built:
Engine(s): Mercedes D.I, liquid cooled, 6 cylinder inline, 100 hp
Wing Span: 47 ft 7 in (14.5 m)
Length: 32 ft 10 in (10 m)
Empty Weight:
Gross Weight: 2,257 lb (1,086 kg)
Max Speed: 60 mph (96 km/h)
Endurance: 4 hours
Crew: 2
Armament: None
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