Nieuport 6H

From Wings of Linen
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Nieuport 6H
Hydravion militaire francais sur le canal de Suez mars 1915.jpg
Role Seaplane
Manufacturer Nieuport
Designer Gustav Delage
First flight 1912
Primary users Roundel of the French Air Force before 1945.svg France
RAF Type A Roundel.svg U.K. (RNAS)
Roundel otto.JPG Ottoman Empire
Wingspan 14.5 m (47 ft 5 in)[1]
Engine 80-100hp Gnome or Clerget rotary
Armament none
Crew 2
Max Speed 110 km/h (68 mph) [2][1][note 1]

The Nieuport 6H was a seaplane version of the Nieuport 6M. Small changes were made the airframe in addition to the addition of floats. The plane was the backbone of Aviation Maritime during the early months of the war and despite their early successes (including scouting the Turkish approach on the Suez canal), their limitations were soon evident. Some had their floats replaced with conventional undercarriages, which improved their performance.

Turkey had received a few before the war and one was used in the Dardanelles. The RNAS received twelve and they were mostly used as trainers. [3]

Three were on hand with the French Navy at the beginning of the war, and they were supplemented by five additional machines that had been seized before delivery to the Ottoman Empire. [4]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Nieuport 6H.


  1. 95 km/h (59 mph) cruising speed.[1]
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Nowarra, pp.204-205.
  2. Davilla, p.355.
  3. Davilla, p.353.
  4. Nowarra, p.127.
  • Dr. James J. Davilla and Arthur M. Soltan. French Aircraft of the First World War. Flying Machines Press, 1997. ISBN 0-9637110-4-0.
  • Heinz J. Nowarra, Bruce Robertson, and Peter G. Cooksley. Marine Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Letchworth, Herts, England: Harleyford Publications Limited, 1966. ISBN 0900435070