Nieuport 17bis

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Nieuport 17bis
Role Fighter
Manufacturer Nieuport
Introduction late 1916
Primary users France
Number built 50[note 1]
Developed from Nieuport 17
Engine 130hp Clerget 9B rotary
Armament sync. Vickers and/or top-wing Lewis
Crew 1
Max Speed 180 km/h (110 mph)[2]-190 km/h (118 mph)[3]
Climb 3,000 m (9,840 ft) in 7:30[2]-9:20[3]
6,000 m (19,700 ft) in 32:00[3]

A potential shortage of Le Rhône engines led to a variant of the Nieuport 17 using the 130hp Clerget engine and fully faired fuselage sides. It was never widely used by the French (one notable exception being a plane flown by Nungesser) but it did fully equip one RNAS squadron and partially equip another. By the time the Nieuport 17bis entered service in late 1916, there were better planes available to both French and British aviators, so it was not very popular.

For more information, see Wikipedia:Nieuport 17.

Timeline [note 2]

Game Data

Wings of Glory

Unofficial Stats
Version Availability Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
single-gun 16Q4-17Q4 I B 13 12 3
twin-gun I A 13 12 3

Plane and Crew Cards

Miniatures and Models

1:144 Scale

1:285/6mm/1:288 Scale


Orthographic Drawings


  1. British only, French numbers unknown[1]
  2. Timeline data is approximate, gathered from various sources.[1]
  1. 1.0 1.1 Bruce 1990, p.3.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Ferry'14, p.65.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Davilla, p.385.
  • J.M. Bruce. Windsock Datafile 20: Nieuport 17. Albatros Publications Ltd., 1990. 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.
  • Vital Ferry. French Aviation During the First World War. Paris: Histoire and Collections, 2014. ISBN 978-2-35250-370-5