Nieuport 15

The Nieuport 15 (or Nieuport XV in contemporary sources) was a French World War I bomber aircraft. Due to disappointing performance the type was rejected and never entered service.[1]

Nieuport 15
Nieuport 15 front quarter.jpg
Nieuport 15 prototype circa 1916
Role Bomber
National origin France
Manufacturer Nieuport
First flight November 1916
Status abandoned
Number built At least 4
Developed from Nieuport 14[1]

Design and developmentEdit

Scaled up from the Nieuport 14, the new bomber was built in the summer of 1916 and the first prototype was ready for testing in November of that year.[1]

The Nieuport 15 was a two-bay sesquiplane with V-struts and a newly designed tailplane including a heart shaped elevators.[1] It was powered by a 220 hp (160 kW) Renault 12F V-12 engine.[2] with Hazet modular radiators mounted on each side of the fuselage.[1]

During limited flight testing the controls and landing gear were found to be unsatisfactory and the French quickly abandoned the bomber.[1] In December 1916 it was declared obsolete but the British showed some interest and had ordered 70 aircraft but after the tests proved disappointing, all orders were eventually cancelled.[1]

SpecificationsEdit

Data from History of War[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 9.6 m (31.4 ft)
  • Wingspan: 17 m (55 ft 9 in)
  • Wing area: 47.85 m2 (515.1 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 1,330 kg (2,932 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 1,900 kg (4,189 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Renault 12F V-12 water-cooled piston engine, 160 kW (220 hp)
  • Propellers: 2-bladed Chauvière 1665, 2.95 m (9 ft 8 in) diameter wooden fixed pitch propeller.[3]

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 155 km/h (96 mph, 84 kn)
  • Endurance: 3 hours
  • Service ceiling: 4,000 m (13,000 ft)
  • Time to altitude: 7 min 20 sec to 3,280 ft

Armament

See alsoEdit

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration, and era

Related lists

ReferencesEdit

CitationsEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Rickard, J (8 January 2015). "Nieuport 15". historyof war.org. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Nieuport 15 French Air Force". 1000aircraftphotos.com. 31 May 2009. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  3. ^ Hartmann, 2015, p.20

BibliographyEdit

  • Davilla, Dr. James J.; Soltan, Arthur (1997). French Aircraft of the First World War. Mountain View, CA: Flying Machines Press. ISBN 978-1891268090.
  • Hartmann, Gérard. Les NIEUPORT de la guerre (pdf) (in French). Paris. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  • Hartmann, Gérard (6 January 2015). "Les héliciers français" (pdf) (in French). Retrieved 5 August 2019.