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Manufacturer: Societe Anonyme des Etablissements Nieuport
Macchi (under licence) - 150 aircraft
Entered Combat: May, 1916
Engine: LeRhone 9 cyl. air-cooled rotary, 110 hp
Wingspan: 26' 10" (8.17 m)
Length: 18' 11" (5.77 m)
Height: 8' (2.44 m)
Weight (Gross): 1,246 lbs. (565 kg)
Speed: 110 mph at 6560 ft. (177km/h at 2,000m)
Ceiling: 17,390 ft. (5,300 m)
Endurance: 2 hrs.
Armament: 1 synchronized fixed Vickers gun (belt fed)
plus 1 vertical movement Lewis gun on top wing (drum fed)
The successor of
the Nieuport 11 Bebe, the Nieuport 17 was larger, faster, sturdier, and
had an extra machine gun. It was one of the most outstanding aircraft
of its period, and was a favorite of many aces, such as Guynemer, Fonck,
Naverre, Nungesser, and Ball.
Aside from France,
the Nieuport 17 was used by Britain, Holland, Belgium, Imperial Russia,
The Nieuport 17
is also referred to as "Nieuport 15" or "Type 15"
because of its 15 metre wing area.