Model Airplane News
February, 1953

Model Airplane News Cover for February, 1952 by Jo Kotula Nieuport Model 28    Model Airplane News Cover for May, 1958 by Jo Kotula Nieuport Model 28

Nieuport Model 28
Model Airplane News Cover Art for February, 1953 and May, 1958
The 1953 cover shows the Nieuport armed with LePrieur rockets
by Jo Kotula
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The Nieuport 28 (N.28C-1) was a French biplane fighter aircraft flown during World War I, built by Nieuport and designed by Gustave Delage. Its principal claim to fame is that it was the first aircraft to see service with an American fighter squadron.

By the middle of 1917 it was obvious that the Nieuport 17 was unable to cope with the latest German fighters, and that direct developments of the 17, such as the Nieuport 24bis. were unable to offer a substantially improved performance. In fact, the Nieuport was already being rapidly replaced in French service with the SPAD S.VII.

 The Nieuport Model 28    Eddie Rickenbacker with his  Nieuport Model 28      The Nieuport Model 28 with Le_Prieur rockets

Photos of the Nieuport Model 28
middle: American Ace Eddie Rickenbacker with his Nieuport 28, showing offset guns
right: Nieuport 28 armed with LePrieur rockets for use against balloons and dirigibles
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The Nieuport 28 design was an attempt to adapt the concept of the lightly built, highly maneuverable rotary engined fighter typified by the Nieuport 17 to the more demanding conditions of the times. It was designed to carry an up-to-date armament of twin synchronized machine guns, had a more powerful engine, and a new wing structure – for the first time a Nieuport biplane was fitted with conventional two spar wings, top and bottom, in place of the sesquiplane "v-strut" layout of earlier Nieuport types. Ailerons were fitted to the lower wings only. The tail unit’s design closely followed that of the Nieuport 27, but the fuselage was much slimmer, in fact it was so narrow that the machine guns had to be offset to the left

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