Rumpler C.I

The C.I was a two-seat general-purpose biplane. It was introduced in 1915, and remained in production until mid-1917, with some 250 planes being built during that time. Initial aircraft were only armed with an MG for the observer, but as Allied craft improved, a second fixed gun was added for additional defense. As the C.I was surpassed on the Western Front, a number of the planes were transferred to operations in Macedonia and Palestine. After the war, some surplus C.Is were converted to passenger service.

The C.Ia burns 6.7 gallons of aviation fuel per hour of routine usage. The plane had a historical endurance of 4 hours. A full load of fuel and ammo costs $22.


Rumpler C.Ia

Subassemblies: Recon Fighter chassis +2; Light Fighter wings with Biplane option +2; 2 fixed wheels +0.

Powertrain: 134-kW HP gasoline engine with 134-kW old prop and 30-gallon fuel tank [Body].

Occ.: 2 XCS Body

Cargo: 4 Body


Armor F RL B T U

Body: 2/2C 2/2C 2/2C 2/2C 2/2C

Wings: 2/2C 2/2C 2/2C 2/2C 2/2C

Wheels: 2/3 2/3 2/3 2/3 2/3



Aircraft LMG/7.92 mm LMG 08/15 [Body:F] (500 rounds).

Aircraft LMG/7.92 mm Parabellum [Body:B] (500 rounds).

220 lbs. of Bombs [Wings:U].



Body: Casemate and high-angle mount for rear MG. Wings: Two 110-lb. hardpoints.



Size: 26'x40'x10' Payload: 0.56 tons Lwt.: 1.43 tons

Volume: 96 Maint.: 93 hours Cost: $5,923

HT: 7. HPs: 39 Body, 100 each Wing, 3 each Wheel.

aSpeed: 93 aAccel: 3 aDecel: 34 aMR: 8.5 aSR: 1

Stall Speed: 38 mph. Take-Off Run: 144 yards. Landing Run: 144 yards.

gSpeed: 193 gAccel: 10 gDecel: 10 gMR: 0.5 gSR: 2

Ground Pressure: Very High. 1/8 Off-Road Speed.


Design Notes:

Historical wing area was 384 sf. MG load outs and fuel capacity are a guess. Design payload was 865 lbs; the historical value has been substituted. Design aSpeed was 96 mph. Performance calculations were based on historical values for wing area and loaded weight. The design weight was increased 2% to the historical. The forward Body MG is synchronized, lowering RoF by 10% (see p. W:MP8).



The C.I (1915) featured a 119-kW engine.

The 6 B1 was a floatplane version for the navy.

The C.IV featured a revised tailplane, which was also incorporated into the 6 B2. 98 built.


From the Aerodrome for GURPS

2008 by Jim Antonicic