YouTube – Nieuport 28
20 ft. 4 in.
26 ft. 3 in.
2- 7.7 mm
The Nieuport 28 differed from previous Nieuport fighting scout models in that the lower wing was enlarged to be almost as large as the top wing. The aircraft were produced in France. Nieuport 28 aircraft were flown by the American Expeditionary Force pilots during World War One. The aircraft first flew on June 14, 1917.
On April 14, 1918, during only their second combat mission with the American Expeditionary Force, two Nieuport 28 aircraft had victories over enemy aircraft. Lieutenant Alan Winslow and Lieutenant Douglas Campbell of the 94th Aero Squadron, the first United States fighter Ace of World War One, each had victories over enemy aircraft.
U.S. World War One Ace Eddie Rickenbacker first flew the Nieuport 28. Although it had a smaller turning radius than other aircraft of the time, it was slower, did not climb as well, and tended to be less durable. It tended to lose the fabric covering from its upper wings in a fast dive.
German aircraft had an advantage over Nieuport 28 aircraft. However the U.S. pilots were able to overcome some of the advantage with superior training. The victory ratios of German aircraft and Nieuport 28 aircraft were similar.
A total of some 300 Nieuport 28 aircraft were produced. After the war a number of the aircraft continued serving around the world.
RC Nieuport 28
That’s Ian Turney-White and his scratch built 50 percent scale RC Nieuport 28. It has a 157 in. wingspan, is powered by a Westlake 342 cc twin, with a weight of 120 lbs.
The RC Nieuport 28 built from an Aerodrome kit has a wingspan of 53 in. Power is by an AXI 2826 motor that can turn either a 12 x 8 or 14 x 8 propeller. Weight is around 60 oz.
Aerodrome has a smaller RC Neuport 28 kit. Wingspan is 36 in. and power is by a Speed 400 motor geared 2.33:1 with a 9 x 4.7 prop. All up weight is around 23 oz.
The RC Nieuport 28 museum scale kit from Proctor Enterprise has an 80 in. wingspan and a length of 63 3/4 in. Weight is about 16 1/2 lbs. You will need a 1.60 or bigger engine to power it.