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When introduced, the Nieuport 27 was widely used by the United States Air Service. It was faster than the Nieuport 17 and was armed with twin machine guns. But like previous models, it tended to lose fabric from the upper wing. For this reason it was unpopular with pilots and was soon replaced by the new SPAD XIII. With 40 victories, English ace Philip Fullard scored more victories with the Nieuport 17, Nieuport 23 and Nieuport 27 than any other ace.
 
Units
Royal Flying Corps: 1, 29, 40
United States Air Service: 27th, 94th, 95th, 147th
 
Nieuport 27 Specifications
Country: France
Manufacturer: Societe Anonyme des Etablissements Nieuport
Type: Fighter
First Introduced: 1917
Number Built:
Engine(s): Le Rhône 9Jb, 9 cylinder, air cooled rotary, 120 hp
Monosaupape, 160 hp
Wing Span: 26 ft 11 in (8.18 m)
Length: 19 ft 2¼ in (5.85 m)
Height: 8 ft (2.43 m)
Empty Weight:
Gross Weight: 1,289 lb (585 kg)
Max Speed: 116 mph (187 km/h)
Ceiling: 18,210 ft (5,550 m)
Endurance: 1½ hours
Crew: 1
Armament: 2 machine guns
 
Nieuport 27 Aces (6)
1 Italy Cerutti, Marziale 17
2 England Fullard, Philip Fletcher 13
3 Canada Cummings, Lumsden 5
4 England Olley, Gordon Percy 5
5 England Williams, Francis Jefferies 4
6 England Jenkin, Louis Fleeming 1
 
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Nieuport 27 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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