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The lower wing had a small amount of dihedral and was slightly swept back, this configuration giving the best downward view consistent with a NIEUPORT AIRCRAFT OF WORLD WAR ONE (Above and below) One of the earliest Nieuport lOs (XBs) delivered to the RNAS. The upper wing cutout had been replaced by an overwing Lewis gun. 3165 was initially delivered to 1 Sqn RNAS at St Pol on 25 May 1915 and was with the Dover Patrol Flight by February 1916. JMB/GLS collection Detail of the fore and aft mounting of the Le Rhone engine installation fitted to early Nieuport lOs.

6in) thick asbestos extending above and below the tubes. Each group, consisting of four tubes set one above the other, was held in place by a strap on each strut secured by bolts with butterfly nuts. A twenty-six-gauge aluminium plate 650mm x 750mm (26 x 30in) was fitted to the part of the upper surface of the lower wing that was exposed to scorching. The whole installation weighed 15kg (33lb). One of the sighting systems used on Nieuports for anti-balloon patrols consisted of a sighting notch made of paper glued to the windscreen and a front ring sight with a crosswire.

Despite its deficiences, with its greater power, the Nieuport 12 had a much improved performance over the Nieuport 10 and was ordered in quantity by the Aviation Militaire, the Aviation Maritime and the RNAS, production aircraft being in service by early 1916. In 1916 an improved version, the Nieuport 12bis, appeared fitted with a 130hp Clerget 9B engine. The cowling was circular, and the flat sides of the fuselage were faired into it. The interplane struts were also strengthened by making the chord slightly wider in the middle.

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