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7/8 scale Nieuport 11 Replica –
Builder – Dan Christine
- LE RHONE
9C 80 HP ROTARY
- 24 FEET 9
- 8 FEET
- 97 MILES
- 2 HOURS
- 1 .303
LEWIS MACHINE GUN
THE LAFAYETTE ESCADRILLE -
World War I, various Americans, sympathetic to the Allied cause, offered
their services to France as ambulance drivers, while some of their
countrymen fought in the trenches as members of the French Foreign
Legion. A handful of these men successfully transferred to the French
Aviation Service at the end of 1915, where they were joined by several
Americans who enlisted as civilians. They flew their first mission on
May 13, 1916.
This Nieuport 11 “Bebe” (French for "Baby"), was typical of the
Lafayette Escadrille of 1916. The Indian head emblem on the fuselage was
chosen by the American pilots for their “trademark” after finding it on
a box of American Savage Arms ammunition.
Nieuport 11 • Nieuport 12 • T-2 • Pazmany PL-1 • T-33