Nieuport Polo NIE type 17 - Preservation Program


Nieuport Type 17 Polo

Design, knitting, embroidery, assembly, box... entirely made by our care 100% COTTON.

COLOR: Royal blue, white and red stripe mounted in topstitching


Encouraged by the results and performance of the Nieuport NIE-11 "baby Nieuport", the Delage company developed at the end of 1915 a new larger and more powerful fighter, the Nieuport NIE-17, the best fighter ever developed by Delage.

Initially equipped with a Le Rhône 9J engine of 110 hp, its power was increased to 130 hp with the use of a Clerget 9B engine or a Bentley AR.1 engine, giving it a top speed of more than 160 km/h. This was a real technical revolution, capable of carrying out strikes far behind the front lines with more than 2 hours of autonomy and a practical ceiling of 5000 meters, and equipped with a synchronized Vickers machine gun.

Quickly adopted by all the Allied countries, it quickly became the preferred aircraft of Aces such as the Frenchmen Nungesser, Navarre, Chaput, Fonck, Guynemer... the Englishman Albert Ball, the Canadian William Bischop and the Italian Francesco Baracca.

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