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Many of the French and British aces began their careers flying the Nieuport 17. The highly maneuverable "Superbébé" was a larger, improved version of the Nieuport 11. Like its predecessor, it was initially equipped with a Lewis gun but was upgraded to a synchronized Vickers machine gun. Helping end Germany's domination of the air war, the Nieuport 17 easily outclimbed and outperformed the Fokker E.III. The superior design was so successful that German high command ordered it copied. With 40 victories, English ace Philip Fullard scored more victories with the Nieuport 17, Nieuport 23 and Nieuport 27 than any other ace.
 
Nieuport 17 Specifications
Country: France
Manufacturer: Societe Anonyme des Etablissements Nieuport
Type: Fighter
First Introduced: March 1916
Number Built:  
Engine(s): Le Rhône 9J, 9 cylinder, rotary, 110 hp
Wing Span: 26 ft 11 in (8.22 m)
Length: 18 ft 10 in (5.74 m)
Height: 7 ft 10 in
Empty Weight: 827 lb (376 kg)
Gross Weight: 1246 lb (565 kg)
Max Speed: 110 mph (177 km/h)
Ceiling: 17,388 ft (5,300 m)
Endurance: 2 hours
Crew: 1
Armament: 1 Lewis .303 machine gun and/or
1 Vickers .303 machine gun
 
Nieuport 17 Units
Belgian Air Service: 5me
French Air Service: N48, N77, N506
Imperial Russian Air Service:
Italian Air Service: 77a, 78a, 79a
Royal Flying Corps: 1, 29, 40, 60
Royal Naval Air Service: 6N
 
Nieuport 17 Aces (15)
1 England Ball, Albert 26
2 England Fullard, Philip Fletcher 20
3 Ireland Hazell, Tom Falcon 20
4 England Jenkin, Louis Fleeming 20
5 Scotland Campbell, William Charles 17
6 Canada Godfrey, Albert Earl 12
7 Russia Kozakov (Kazakoff), Alexander Alexandrovich 12
8 Canada Hilton, Darcy Fowlis 8
9 Scotland Miller, Archibald William Buchanan 6
10 England Wood, Walter Bertram 6
 
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Nieuport 17 Books
Nieuport Aircraft of World War One (Vintage Warbirds, No 10)
J.M. Bruce / Paperback / Arms & Armour 1989
Nieuports in Action
J.M. Bruce / Paperback / Arms & Armour 1989
 
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