Technical data
Type Nieuport by P.N.Nesterov
Function experimental
Year 1914
Crew 1
Engines 1*70hp Gnome
Length 8.0m
Wingspan 12.3m
Wing area 22.5m
Empty weight 400kg
Loaded weight 500kg
Wing Load (kg/m2) 22.2
Power load (kg/hp) 7.1
Maximum Speed 104km/h

'Nieuport' by P.N.Nesterov

62k b/w photo "History of aircraft construction in the USSR", Vol.1 p.119;

Experimental aircraft, rebuilt from Nieuport-IV to test P.N.Nesterov novel ideas (see P.N.Nesterov Page) aimed on aircraft controls optimization. Fuselage was shortened by 0.7m, rudder and tailfin deleted. Tailplane and elevators were substantially increased and equipped with aerodynamic compensation.

Modifications were performed by P.N.Nesterov and his mechanic G.M.Nelidov in Kiev (early 1914). During Spring 1914 several flights were performed by P.N.Nesterov himself. Pilot-inventor carefully studied aircraft reaction on controls. Everything was working, turns were performed without problems.

But P.N.Nesterov was not satisfied. It was found that Nieuport-IV controls (wings were wrapped by means of pedals) did not fit well with rudderless configuration.

Summer 1914 P.N.Nesterov got a chance to build aircraft of his own design on the 'Dux' factory. Those plans were crashed by WWI...



References:
  • "History of aircraft construction in the USSR", Vol.1 p.119-120;

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