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Oregon Air and Space Museum

The Nieuport 17c was one of a series on single-seat biplane fighter/scouts  built in France and designed by Gustave Delage. It first appeared in mid-1916, and essentially a greatly improved Model 16. It was built in large numbers, and at one time in 1916 equipped all French fighter squadrons. It was also supplied to the British Royal Flying Corps (RFC), Belgium, Russia, The Netherlands, and Finland. In September 1917, 75 were obtained by the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) in France, but were only used for training. It was also license-built in Italy (150) and Russia, and 50 were built in England for the Royal Navy Air Service (RNAS).


The museum's Nieuport 17c is a to-scale replica built by Patrick Henry here in Oregon.

Nieuport 17c Specifications:

Wing Span.................................26 ft.

Length.......................................19 ft.

Empty Weight...........................820 Ibs

Max Take Off Weight...............1245 Ibs

Engine........................................LeRhone 9Jb

Power.........................................120 hp

Max Speed.................................103 mph

Range.........................................170 miles

Ceiling........................................17,400 ft.

Climb Rate.................................12 min to 10,000 ft.