The Nieuport 11 Bébé was a small, nimble fighter that helped turn the "Fokker Scourge" of 1915. Arriving at the front in January 1916, it eventually was supplied to 21 French Escadrilles, including N124, which would later become the Lafayette Escadrille. The N11 outclassed the Fokker Eindeckers in maneuverability, but it was limited in firepower by the top-wing mounted Lewis gun. In mid-1916, it began be replaced by the re-engined Nieuport 16, to which it was very similar. Most N11's were phased out of combat duty by the end of 1916. But it was the N11 that turned the tide and many of France's most famous aces started their career in the Bébé.
|Introduction||5 Jan 1916|
|Primary users|| France|
|Wingspan||7.54 m (24 ft 9 in) |
|Engine||80hp Le Rhône 9C rotary|
or 80hp Gnome Monosoupape rotary
|Max Speed||152 km/h (94 mph) or 156 km/h (97 mph) or 162 km/h (101 mph)|
|Climb||1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 4:00-5:00|
2,000 m (6,560 ft) in 8:30-10:00-11:00
3,000 m (9,840 ft) in 15:00-18:00-19:00
|Ceiling||4,500 m (14,800 ft)|
to 4,600 m (15,100 ft)
to 5,000 m (16,400 ft)
to 5,500 m (18,000 ft)
|Range||250 km (160 mi)|
|Endurance||2:00 to 2:30|
The Nieuport 11 was also used in large numbers by Italy, where they were license-built by Macchi; and Russia by Dux. Small numbers were also used by Belgium, Serbia, and the RNAS.
For more information, see Wikipedia:Nieuport 11.
|Maneuver||Damage||Dmg Points||Max Alt.||Climb|
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Miniatures and ModelsEdit
- Ares: WGF122A Chaput; WGF122B De Turenne; WGF122C Ancillotto
- Shapeways: ReducedAircraftFactory
- Plastic Kit: Valom 14413, 14420
- Metal kit: Reviresco
- Shapeways: Kampfflieger
- Davilla, p.360.
- Lamberton, pp.216-217.
- Durkota, p.358.
- Munson, p.60.
- Davilla, p.364.
- 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
- 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