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Nieuport 11

Nieuport 11

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.

Nieuport 11
  • Type: Fighter
  • Manufacturer: Société Anonyme des Establissements Nieuport
  • First Introduced: July 1915
  • Powerplant: Le Rhône 9C, air cooled 9 cylinder, rotary, 80 hp (60 kW)
  • Wing Span: 24 ft 9 in 7.55 m
  • Length: 19 ft 0.66 in 5.8 m
  • Height: 8 ft 0.5 in 2.45 m
  • Loaded Weight: 1,060 lb 480 kg
  • Maximum Speed: 97 mph 156 km/h at sea level
  • Ceiling: 15,090 ft 4,600 m
  • Endurance: 2 hrs 30 mins
  • Crew: 1
  • Armament: 1 × 0.303 in (7.7 mm) drum-fed Lewis gun, on the upper wing

References

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