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Nieuport 17

 

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Experience with earlier models led to the Nieuport Type 17 single-seat fighter in March 1916. Developed over four months, the improved model 17 entered service in 1916, stronger than its predecessors, and with a 110 or 120 hp Le Rhone engine, the new model was highly maneuverable and had high performance with a particularly good rate of climb. A Lewis gun was mounted on the top wing to fire above the propeller with a sliding mount enabling it to be pulled down by the pilot and aimed upwards, thereby permitting an attack on enemy aircraft in their blind spot, from below.

 

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Nungessers Nieuport 17

 

Later in the Nieuport's service life, when a synchronising gear had been perfected to allow the gun to fire through the propeller, a Vickers machine gun was substituted. A number of French squadrons re-equipped with the Type 17, together with Belgan, Italian, Russian and British RFC units, and the type rapidly made a name for itself with aces who included Nungesser, Ball and Bishop.

 

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When used for attacks on German observation balloons, four Le Prieur "firework-type" rockets were attached to each interplane strut, and were fired electrically.

 

Capt W A Bishop, 60 Squadron, in Nieuport 17, shot down 3 aircraft in single-handed attack on German aerodrome on 2 June 1917. Awarded the VC.

 

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Replica:
Redfern Nieuport 17

Ultralight replica:
Airdrome Airplanes Nieuport 17
Circa Reproductions Nieuport 17

Nieuport 17
Engine: Le Rhone, 110 hp
Wing span 27.25 ft. (8.3 m)
Length 19.5 ft. (5.9 m)
Height: 8 ft
Weight empty 825 lb (374 kg)
Max wt: 560 kg (1,235 lb)
Max speed 107 mph (172 kph)
Ceiling 17,400 ft (5,300 m) fully loaded
Time to 3280 ft: 3 min
Range: 155 sm (250 km)
Endurance: 2 hr
Seats 1
Armament One machine‑gun, and eight Le Prieur rockets
 
Nieuport 17
Engine: Clerget, 130 hp

 

 

 


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