1913 ETRICH TAUBE (Representation)
The Taubes wing design is based on the zanonia tree seed pod, which drifts through the air for great distances. First produced for sporting purposes, Taubes were later used for observation and training by Germany and Austro-Hungary during World War I. Ironically, the Taube (meaning Dove, the peace symbol) was first to drop bombs in war; the Balkans in 1911 and Paris in 1914.
Specifications: span 46 ft. 8 in.; length 32 ft. 4 in.; takeoff weight 1750 lbs.; engine 100/120 hp. Mercedes water-cooled six-cylinder in-line (original); 200 hp Ranger water-cooled six- cylinder upright conversion (representation); maximum speed 60 mph.
Accession no. 1990P18.
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