|Wing Load (kg/m2)||38.6||34.4|
|Power load (kg/hp)||8.5||7.6|
|Speed at 0m||138km/h||140km/h|
First of large family of 'Nieuport' biplane fighters/scouts (IX to XXV). General layout and design changed only slightly, some were built as two-seaters. All were powered by rotary engines (Rhone or Clerget, from 80 to 130hp). Wooden wire-braced fuselage and wings were covered with fabric, only very front (close to the engine) was aluminum, as well as the engine cowling.
Aircraft had unusual wing configuration. Slightly-swept upper wing (3°) with a cut-out for cockpit access carried ailerons (widened to the outboard end). Lower wing was of high aspect ratio and had 2° dihedral. Wings vere linked by wide hollow wooden V-strut. Tailplane and rudder were flat.
Nieuport-IX was a two-seater. Observer occupied front cockpit. He could fire a rifle above the propeller arch after climbing on his seat and through a hole in the upper wing. No machinegun was provided.
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