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World War One: Nieuport Ni.24 Charles Nungesser

Developed in 1917, the N.24 was Nieuport's attempt to prolong the success of its line of sesquiplane fighter aircraft, which had begun with the Nieuport 11 and moved through to the Nieuport 17 model.

 

Initially sporting a high and rounded rudder, early problems with the Nieuport 24 caused the company to revert to the original tail structure used on the Nieuport 17, and this hybrid model was termed the '24bis' (bis = 2).

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Knight Of DeathThe lower wing of the Nieuport aircraft was only half the width of the top wing (hence sesquiplane), and was staggered so that there was little interference between the two wings. The result of this arrangemnet was the 'V' struts between the wings, which was characteristic of many of the Nieuport aircraft designs.

This particular aircraft is painted in the 'Knight Of Death' colours of French ace, Charles Nungesser, who ended the war with a total of 45 victories. Initially fighting with the French Army, he was wounded on several occassions, and was eventually invalided out of the service. After joining the French Air Corps he continued to proved determined to fight for his country and was wounded on several more occaisons, which doubtless affected his ability to increase his tally.

Unfortunately Nungesser was killed in 1927 during an unsuccesful attempt to cross the Atlantic Ocean by air.

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