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Nieuport 16

Role Fighter aircraft
Crew one pilot
First flight 1915
Entered service 1916
Manufacturer Societé Anonyme des Établissements Nieuport
Length 18 ft 6 in 5.64 m
Wingspan 24 ft 8 in 7.52 m
Height 7 ft 10 1/2 in 2.40 m
Wing area 143.16 sq ft 13.30 sq m
Empty 827 lb 375 kg
Loaded 1,213 lb 550 kg
Maximum takeoff
Engine 1 × Le Rhone-9Ja
Power (each) 110 horsepower 82 kW
Maximum speed 103 mph at sea level 165 km/h at sea level
Cruising speed
Rate of climb 0 ft to 9,840 ft in 10.16 min 0 m to 3,000 m in 10.16 min

The Nieuport 16 was a French biplane fighter aircraft, which was used in World War I. It was designed and developed by Gustave Delage and Nieuport.


The Nieuport 16 was developed from the Nieuport 11, with which it had many similarities. It was equipped with the more powerful 110 horsepower Le Rhóne 9J engine, as well ash wings of a greater wingspan than on the Nieuport 11, a combination that gave it superior flight performance.

The Nieuport 16 was armed with a Lewis machine gun mounted on the upper wing. With the introduction of synchronized machine guns, Vickers machine guns were mounted. To destroy airships, it was equipped with upwardly inclined, electrically fired Le-Prieur missiles, which were attached to the wing struts.[1]


  1. World Aircraft Information Files Aviation Partwork. Midsummer Books Ltd. File 902 Sheet 8 (A-Z of Aircraft:N - NH Industries NH-90 (continued) to Nieuport type 28)