Technical data
Type Nieuport-XII
Function Reconnaissater
Year (appeared in Russia) 1916
Crew 2
Engines 1*110hp Clerget 9Z
Length 7.1m
Height 2.7m
Wingspan 9.0m
Wing area 23.0m2
Empty weight 550kg
Loaded weight 875kg
Wing Load (kg/m2) 38.0
Power load (kg/hp) 8.0
Speed at 0m 144km/h
Landing Speed km/h
Landing Roll m sec
Takeoff Roll m sec
Turn time sec
Range km
Flight Endurance 2.5h
Ceiling 4300m
1000m 4.5min
2000m 10.5min
3000m 20.0min
4000m 35.0min
Fuel 107kg
Cabin size LxWxH m3
Guns 2*mg
Bombs ?

Nieuport-XII, Nieuport-XIIbis, Nieuport-XIII-B, Nieuport-XIV

21k b/w Nieuport 12 at Canada National Aviation Museum

Sesigned for observation, the Nieuport-12 served with the Royal Flying Corps, the Royal Naval Air Service and the air forces of France, Italy and Russia. It was slightly larger than Nieuport fighter (X, XI) and was armed with two machineguns - one fixed synchronized with propeller and another on the rear defence turret. It differed from other Nieuport aircraft by transparent central wing section, ailerons narrowing towards the wing tips and wing struts outboard tilt.

Variant with 130hp Clerget engine was designated Nieuport-XIIbis.

Dual control trainers Nieuport-XIII-B with 80hp Rhone and Nieuport-XIV with 150hp and 175hp Hispano-Suiza engines were acquired in small numbers.

  • "History of aircraft construction in the USSR", Vol.1 p.302;
  • Links
  • French Aircraft of the First World War
  • Area of 46 Squadron Royal Flying Corps/Royal Air Force
  • This is my [his, not my - A.S.] Nieuport 12.
  • Nieuport 12
  • Nieuport 12
  • Nieuport 12
  • Nieuport 12, 12bis, 13 & 20 drawings
  • Butch & Hugh's Nieuport 12 Project
  • Nieuport 14 & Nieuport 15 story

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