Early German WWI Monoplane: The Taube

by Daniel Russ on December 14, 2009

The Taube, 1914, Built by Germany

The Taube, 1914, Built by Germany

The Taube Monoplane. 1914. Built in Germany by the Rumpler Factory at the outbreak of WWI, approximately one-half of the German Military Services’ 250 reconnaissance aircraft were Taubes. The plane used various engines of about 100hp.”

The Taube looked like a toy bird

This Variant of the The Taube looked like a toy bird

The Taube was a fighter, a bomber and a surveillance plane. It was built by Rumpler, a German Aircraft company that did not create anything beyond WWI.

Source: Ross Barrett Historical Aeronautics Collection, Wikipedia.


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Jersey December 16, 2009 at 10:59 pm

I don’t know what aircraft the one in the first picture is, but it’s definitely NOT a Taube.
The second picture is correct.

Daniel Russ December 17, 2009 at 12:28 am


any ideas?

Graeme August 25, 2010 at 4:30 pm

WOW. I don’t believe that the first aircraft is a Taube.
It was originally designed by Etrich, not Rumpler. Rumpler produced unlicensed copies of the Taube, as did several other manufacterers.

The original built by Etrich, was Austrian, not German as stated.

Taube is German for “dove”, but not because of the birdlike shape. The wing design came from the Zanonia seed.


PaulOtte September 11, 2010 at 2:33 am

This plane isn’t anywhere near 1914. It is some type of experimental VTOL craft that is powered by a jet engine. It looks like there’s two vertical engines or at least nozzles. The plane is metal, which puts it after about 1930. Also the helmet of the pilot is some type of modern design. My guess is that the plane is more like the mid 1950s. I even doubt it is German. It looks like the name on the nose is BELL which is an American aircraft manufacurer.

Daniel Russ September 11, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Perhaps you should also write to wikipedia where this info was culled.

I do admit the Bell marking on the nose is embarrassing

Didnt catch that

mik rogers November 28, 2018 at 9:17 am

Bell 65 tiltjet air test vehicle.

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