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Société Anonyme des Éstablishments Nieuport was opened in 1909 by Édouard de Nieport[note 1] in Darracq, France. Édouard died in a crash in 1911 and the company leadership fell to his brother Charles, who subsequently died in a crash in 1913. Chief engineering responsibilities fell to Gustav Delage, who designed many of the famous Nieuport aircraft of WWI.[1]

Production aircraft from the Great War or shortly thereafter include:


  1. It is not known why the spelling of the founder and the company are different
  1. Davilla and Soltan, p. 349.
  • Dr. James J. Davilla and Arthur M. Soltan. French Aircraft of the First World War. Flying Machines Press, 1997. ISBN 0-9637110-4-0.