The Nieuport 17 was one of a series of Nieuports developed during World War I. All the Nieuports featured a "one and a half" wing configuration with a large upper wing and a smaller narrow lower wing. This required the use of a "V" shaped strut and gave the pilot excellent visibility and maneuverability.
The 17 was underarmed compared to German planes of the time. Early models were fitted with a single Lewis machine gun mounted on the upper wing. Some Nieuports were later refitted with a synchronized Vickers machine gun mounted on the fuselage.
This plane carries the markings of the French 124th Squadron "Escadrille de Lafayette", a squadron of American volunteers flying for the French before the U.S. entered the war.
|Country of Manufacture||France|
|First Year of Service||1916|
|Wing Span||26.9 ft | 8.2 m|
|Length||18.8 ft | 5.7 m|
|Height||7.8 ft | 2.4 m|
|Weight||1246 lbs | 565 kg|
|Engine||Le Rhone 9 cylinder air-cooled rotary engine, 110hp|
|Top Speed||110 mph | 177 km/h|
|Range||200 miles | 320 km|
|Armament||1 Lewis .303 machine gun and/or 1 Vickers .303 machine gun|