The design of the Nieuport 11 was based on the pre-war Nieuport 10 racing plane. It was a smaller, single seat version of the plane, usually called a "baby Nieuport"
The 11 was light, fast and maneuverable, but the "wing and a half" construction allowed the wings to twist in a steep dive. Nevertheless, the Nieuport 11 was able to counter the German Fokker E.III which had dominated the skies until then.
The Romanian Military Air Service participated in the 2nd Balkan War in 1913. Romania attempted to remain neutral at the outbreak of World War 1 but ultimately entered the war on the side of the Entente in 1916 equipped mostly with French aircraft.
|Country of Manufacture||France|
|First Year of Service||1915|
|Wing Span||24.8 ft | 7.5 m|
|Length||19 ft | 5.8 m|
|Height||8 ft | 2.5 m|
|Weight||1060 lbs | 480 kg|
|Engine||Le Rhone 9 cylinder air-cooled rotary engine, 80hp|
|Top Speed||97 mph | 156 km/h|
|Range||205 miles | 330 km|
|Armament||1 Lewis .303 machine gun|