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Nieuport 17 History

Resolute World War I Allied Fighter

Polaroids of old planes
posted on: October 16, 2015
posted by: zenadmin

The Nieuport 17 was a World War I Allied fighter. The Nieuport 17’s superior design was so successful that German high command ordered it copied. It was used by the American volunteer squadron, Escadrille N. 124. Established in 1916 and flying under French colors, the Lafayette Escadrille produced famous aces and pilots including Norman Prince, James McConnel, and Raoul Lufbery. The Lafayette Escadrille adopted their Sioux Indian insignia in 1916.

Stable, Nimble, Swift

The Nieuport 17 was a resolute World War I Allied fighter.  Many aces began their careers flying the highly maneuverable Nieuport 17, or ‘Superbebe.’  The Nieuport 17’s superior design was so successful that German high command ordered it copied.

The Nieuport was the original fighter used by the American volunteer squadron, Escadrille N. 124, more famously known as the Lafayette Escadrille.  Established in 1916 and flying under French colors, the Lafayette Escadrille produced many famous aces and pilots including Norman Prince, James McConnel, Kiffin Rockwell, Victor Chapman, James Norman Hall and Raoul Lufbery.  The Lafayette Escadrille adopted their unique Sioux Indian insignia in late 1916.