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The Etrich Taube entered production in 1910 and became the first German scout aircraft of World War I to be produced in numbers. The aircraft was used as an escort, in the attack role, as an observation aircraft, and for pilot training.
The aircraft is also known as the Etrich Rumpler Taube and the Rumpler Taube. It was invented by Igo Etrich and produced by Edmund Rumpler. When Etrich withdrew from the partnership it became known as the Rumpler Taube.
Controls of the Taube were similar to other early aircraft. Rather than ailerons, the trailing edges of the wings had cables attached to them. These were pulled downward to create drag, lowering the wing to make the aircraft turn. On some Taube aircraft their two diminutive rudders were hinged. They were operated in a similar manner to aircraft of today. The elevator did not have a hinged surface. It was moved in a similar fashion to the wings. This technique is known as “wing warping.”
The wing coverings of the Taube allowed light to pass through them, making the aircraft difficult to see when passing overhead, especially on a bright day. When combined with a relatively quiet engine, and stable flight characteristics, these qualities made the aircraft particularly effective for reconnaissance and observation.
The first war time bombing mission was made from a Taube. On Nov. 1, 1911 four bombs were dropped by an Italian Taube during the Italo - Turkish War. Thereafter, Taube aircraft crews were known to carry a small number of 4 1/2 to 6 1/2 lb. bombs and hand grenades with them during war time missions. They were deployed on bombing missions over both England and France. The aircraft also escorted Zeppelins on bombing raids. While not equipped with machine guns, Taube crews often armed themselves with hand guns to use against their enemies.
It wasn't long before other more maneuverable, faster aircraft replaced the Etrich Taube over the front lines of the War. However, it continued on for a short time as a trainer of new pilots.
A total of approximately 494 Taube aircraft of all types were produced by a number of factories throughout Germany.
Etrich Taube from a Balsa USA kit.
Pictured above is the Etrich Taube from a kit from Balsa USA. Its wingspan is 83.5" and length is 63.5" with a weight of about 8 1/2 lbs. You can power it with from .60 to .80 two cycle or from .70 to .91 four cycle engines.
Pictured immediately below is a smaller Taube from a Balsa USA kit, built by Greg Covey. It has a wingspan of 61", with a length of 44". You will need from .30 to .46 two cycle or from .40 to .50 four cycle engines for power. Weight is around 80 oz.
The next picture below is of the contest winning Taube built from a Flair kit by Peter Rake. It has a wingspan of 80", with a weight of about 5.5 lbs. and is powered by a O.S. 40 FS engine.
Thomas Ryan sent us an email regarding the next two companies with Taube plans and short kits. Thank you, Thomas.
Laser Design Services has plans and a short kit for the Taube. Its wingspan is 62" and length 43". Engines can be from .35 to .40 two strokes. All up weight is about 5 lbs.
You can find plans and a short kit for the Etrich Taube at Flying Scale Models. It builds to a wingspan of 85" with a 56" length. It needs a .60 four stroke engine up front. Weight should be around 8 lbs.
You can find Etrich Taube plans at Free RC Plans. com. Wingspan is 55" and length is 39 1/2".
The third picture below is the Taube built from a Ikarus kit. It is a foamy with a 47" wingspan that weighs around 13 oz. and uses a geared Speed 400 size motor for power. We have seen the kits for sale on eBay.
Pictured last on this page is Keith Shaw's Taube. Its wingspan is 51" and power comes from a geared Speed 400 motor.
Nick Ziroli has Etrich Taube plans. They build to a wingspan of 88" and length of 61". It takes .90 two stroke or 1.20 four stroke engines. Weight is around 9 lbs..
Email us if you know of another Etrich Taube we should include on this page.
RC Taube built by Greg Covey.
Peter Rake's rc Taube.
Ikarus kit rc Taube.
RC Taube built by Keith Shaw.