Nieuport 17 Scout
Nieuport 17 Scout Aéronautique Militaire Spring 1917
The Nieuport 17 reached the front line in March 1916, and was used by many British squadrons as well as the Aéronautique Militaire. Powered by a 110 hp (later 130 hp) Le Rhône radial engine, it had outstanding maneuverability, and an excellent rate of climb. It was generally armed with a synchronized Vickers mg or an above-wing Lewis machinegun, although rarely with both. The Lafayette Escadrille, American volunteers in French service, used the “Sioux” markings on its Nieuports after April 1917.