An Illustrated History of World War 1 Aviation
1915 Nieuport 11
Nieuport 11 Lt. Armand de Turenne, Escadrille N48 s/n N1344, 1916
Nieuport 11 "Bébé" Belgian Air Force. "Vampire".
The small Nieuport 11 biplane was affectionately known as the "Bébé" (baby). Originally designed for racing, this light plane was fast and extremely maneuverable. Its only major problem was in the design of its wing struts. In a steep dive, the struts allowed the wings to twist, sometimes with disastrous results. Used by the British and French to counter the Fokker E.III, the Nieuport 11 was disadvantaged by its lack of a synchronized machine gun.