Technical data
Type Nieuport-IX
Function scout
Year 1915
Crew 2 1
Engines 1*80hp Rhone
Length 7.1m
Wingspan 9.0m
Wing area 17.6m2
Empty weight 430kg
Loaded weight 680kg 605kg
Wing Load (kg/m2) 38.6 34.4
Power load (kg/hp) 8.5 7.6
Speed at 0m 138km/h 140km/h
Flight Endurance 2.0h 2.0h
Ceiling 3800m 4200m
1000m 6.0min 5.0min
2000m 13.0min 12.0min
3000m 28.0min 23.0min
4000m - 40.0min
Fuel+Oil 45+12kg
Guns 1 rifle -


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.


  • "History of aircraft construction in the USSR", Vol.1 p.299;
  • Nieuport-IX at Watson's
  • Neuport-IX/X color schemes
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