Nieuport XVII

The Nieuport 17 was a French biplane fighter aircraft of World War I, manufactured by the Nieuport company. 

The type reached the French front in March 1916, and quickly began to replace the Nieuport XI in French service. It was also ordered by the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service, as it was superior to any British fighter at that time. During part of 1916, the Nieuport XVII equipped every fighter squadron of the Aviation Militaire. By early 1917, the Nieuport was outclassed in most respects by the latest German fighters. Nieuport XVII fighters in many French squadrons were replace by mid-1917. 

Nieuport XVII was ordered by the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service. It also served in other allied air services.

Nieuport XVII
Class Aircraft
Type Fighter
Manufacturer Nieuport
Origin France
Country Name Origin Year
France 1916
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
France 1916 1918 View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Nieuport 247 View

General characteristics

  • Crew: one, pilot
  • Length: 5.8 m (19 ft)
  • Wingspan: 8.2 m (26 ft 9 in)
  • Height: 2.4 m (7 ft 10 in)
  • Wing area: 14.75 m (158.77 ft)
  • Empty weight: 375 kg (827 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 560 kg (1,235 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 x Le Rhone 9J 9-cylinder rotary engine, 82kW (110 hp)


  • Maximum speed: 164 km/h (88.5 knots, 102 mph)
  • Range: 249 km (134.5 nm, 155 miles)
  • Service ceiling 5,300 m (17,390 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 11.5 min to 3,000 m (9,840 ft)
  • Wing loading: 37.9 kg/m (7.77 lb/ft)
  • Power/mass: 0.15 kW/kg (0.09 hp/lb)


  • 1 x Vickers and 1x Lewis machine gun

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