YouTube – Nieuport 17
Le Rhone 9J rotary
1- .303 cal.
19 ft. 0 in.
36 ft. 9 in.
The origins of the Nieuport 17 can be traced back to the introduction of aeronautics in France. A Frenchman, Clement Ader, received the first ever contract to built a military aircraft in 1892. Although he could not get the aircraft to fly, it set a precedent for the use of an airplane as a military weapon.
By 1907 the United States had put forth its own requirements for a military aircraft. Germany patented the first fixed machine gun to be used on an aircraft in 1910. The first recorded use of a weapon being fired from an aircraft was in the United States on August 20, 1910.
The first British dedicated fighter aircraft took flight on November 3, 1912. During the civil war in Mexico, in November of 1913, the first recorded air to air combat took place with pistols being fired between aircraft.
The Nieuport 17 that first flew in 1916 was the second model of the Nieuport Fighting Scouts, and a vast improvement over its predecessor. The aircraft had a more powerful engine, greater wing area, and a stronger fuselage structure. Controls were actuated by wire rather than ropes.
Pilots appreciated the Nieuport 17 for its great maneuverability, speed, and climb rate. An improved gun mount made loading of the machine gun easier. Eventually a synchronized machine gun that could be fired through the propeller arc was mounted on the aircraft.
The Nieuport 17 became the preferred aircraft of a number of World War I flying aces. Eventually it became the predominant French World War I fighter aircraft before more modern aircraft replaced it.
In addition to France, a number of Allied nations flew the Nieuport 17. It was built under license in Italy and Russia.
Some 3,600 Nieuport 17 aircraft were produced in all.
The Proctor Enterprises Nieuport 17 shown above is built from their kit. With a wingspan of 54 in. and length of 37 in. it requires from .48 to .70 engines or their electric motor equivalent for power. All up weight is about 5 1/2 lbs.
Balsa USA has a Nieuport 17 kit with construction from wood. It has a wingspan of 80 in. with a length of 61 in. A 1.20 four cycle engine can power the 14 lb. model.
Balsa USA has a Nieuport 17 kit with a wingspan of 107 in. and length of 82 in. For power you will need from 40 cc to 50 cc engines. Weight is around 28 lbs.
Arizona Model Aircrafters has Nieuport 17 museum quality kits with wingspans of 28 in., 55 in., 82 in. and 110 in.
There is a Nieuport 17 by 3 Sea Bees Models. Wingspan is 66 in. and length is 46 in. Power can come from .46 to .60 two cycle or .60 to .80 four cycle engines. The model can also be easily converted to electric motor power. Weight is around 8 1/2 lbs.
The Dare Nieuport 17 by Brodak has a wingspan of 69 in. and length is 48 in. A .53 to .64 four cycle engine is recommended as power for the 6 3/4 lb. model.
You can find plans for a gas powered Nieuport 17 at the AMA Plans Service. It has a 54 in. wingspan. Plan number is 15529.