|First flight||Jan 1916|
|Introduction||March 1916 to 6 May 1916|
|Primary users|| France|
|Number built||[note 1]|
|Variants||Nieuport 17bis, 21, 23|
|Wingspan||7.92 m (26 ft) - 8.18 m (26 ft 10 in)|
|Engine||110hp Le Rhône 9J/9Ja rotary|
|Armament||sync. Vickers and/or top-wing Lewis|
|Ammo||500 (Vickers) and/or ≥3 drums of 47 or 97 rounds (Lewis)|
|Max Speed||165 km/h (103 mph) |
to 172 km/h (107 mph)
to 177 km/h (110 mph)
|Climb||3,280 ft (1,000 m) in 3:00|
2,000 m (6,560 ft) in 5:30-6:50
3,000 m (9,840 ft) in 9:00-11:30
4,000 m (13,100 ft) in 18:05-19:30[note 2]
|Ceiling||17,500 ft (5,300 m) |
|Range||250 km (155 mi)|
|Endurance||1:45  to 2:00|
When the Nieuport 11 was refitted with a 110hp engine it was redesignated the Nieuport 16. The Nieuport 16 was nose-heavy and somewhat clumsy, so the type saw a redesign with larger wings and other changes, now christened the Nieuport 17.C 1, also known as the 15-metre Nieuport. It was one of the top fighters of 1916-1917. Its armament varied from a top-wing Lewis gun, a synchronized Vickers, or both, though the performance suffered when both were carried. All RFC Nieuport 17's were refitted with a single Lewis gun on a Foster pivoting mount.
The Nieuport 17 had to be flown somewhat gingerly due to the tendency of the lower wings to twist, a property shared not only with other Nieuports but with the German Albatros D.III and D.V. Variants included the Nieuport 17bis, with a fully faired fuselage and Clerget engine; the Nieuport 21, with the engine and fuselage of the Nieuport 11; and the Nieuport 23, with a different synchronizer.
Several thousand Nieuport 17s were built, and they were used by every French fighter escadrille from mid-1916 through mid-1917, when they were replaced by SPAD 7s or Nieuport 24/27s. They were purchased or built by Belgium, Italy (where the last of them were still in service in June 1918), Romania, Russia, and Britain, for both the RFC and RNAS. Many also flew during the Russian Civil War.
For more information, see Wikipedia:Nieuport 17.
Wings of Glory
|Version||Maneuver||Damage||Dmg Points||Max Alt.||Climb||Points|
Plane and Crew Cards
- Esc 3[note 5]
- Esc 3
- Esc 3 - Dorme
- Esc 3 - de Lemaire
- Esc 12 - Dorme[note 5]
- Esc 12 - Dorme
- Esc 124 (Lafayette)[note 5]
- Esc 124 (Lafayette)
- UK generic
- 40 Sqn - Mannock[note 5]
- 40 Sqn - Mannock
- 60 Sqn generic[note 5]
- 60 Sqn - Ball[note 5]
- 60 Sqn - Ball
- 60 Sqn - Spenser
- Soviet WPAF
- Russian Borisin
- Don Cossack - Borisin
Miniatures and Models
- Ares: WGF117A Baracca; WGF117B Nungesser; WGF117C Thaw
- Plastic Kit: Valom
- Wings of War: WW13A Lufbery/Thenault; WW13B Nungesser; WW13C Kibanov
- Metal kit: Heroics & Ros GWA203
- Shapeways: Decapod
- Overall numbers unknown, but Macchi built 150 under license for Italy.. 527 Nieuports were supplied to the RFC and RAF, the majority of them Nieuport 17s.
- Russian-built N17s: 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 3:12, 2,000 m (6,560 ft) in 6:48, 3,000 m (9,840 ft) in 11:30, 4,000 m (13,100 ft) in 19:30.
- British usage numbers are approximate, derived from the squadron histories.
- Plane counts are approximate and based of escadrille usage in Davilla'97.
- Updated card
- Angelucci, p.53.
- Lamberton, p.94.
- Andrews'65, p.8.
- Andrews'65, p.12.
- Lamberton, pp.216-217.
- Angelucci, p.42.
- Kelly, p.230.
- Davilla, p.385.
- Durkota, p.358.
- Bruce'99, p.33.
- Munson, p.61.
- Philpott'13, pp.379-444.
- C.F. Andrews, Profile Publications 49: The Nieuport 17. Great Britain: Profile Publications, Ltd., 1965.
- Enzo Angelucci, ed. The Rand McNally Encyclopedia of Military Aircraft, 1914-1980. New York: The Military Press, 1983 edition. ISBN 0-517-41021-4.
- J.M. Bruce, Windsock Datafile 20: Nieuport 17. Great Britain: Albatros Publications, Ltd., 1999. ISBN 0-948414-24-3
- Dr. James J. Davilla and Arthur M. Soltan. French Aircraft of the First World War. Flying Machines Press, 1997. ISBN 0-9637110-4-0.
- Alan Durkota, Thomas Darcey, and Victor Kulikov. The Imperial Russian Air Service. Flying Machines Press, 1995. ISBN 0-9637110-2-4
- Kevin Kelly, "Belts and Drums: A Survey of First World War Aircraft Ammunition Totals". Over the Front, Vol. 5, No. 3, Autumn 1990. Walsworth Publishing Co, Inc. and The League of World War I Aviation Historians.
- W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Fighter Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Limited, 1960.
- Kenneth Munson, Fighters 1914-19, Attack and Training Aircraft. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc., 1976. ISBN 0713707607
- Ian Philpott, The Birth of the Royal Air Force. Great Britain: Pen & Sword Books Limited, 2013. ISBN 978-1-78159-333-2