U.S. Air Service





Development and Operation

The Nieuport 24 was an attempt by the Nieuport firm to prolong the success of its line of sesquiplane fighters. It is believed that the prototype's tail surfaces had caused problems either during manufacturing or flight-testing. While the design of the tail surface was being revised a Nieuport 24 was fitted with the tail and balanced rudder of the Standard Nieuport 17. The modified airframe was designated the Nieuport 24bis. The A.E.F. Air Service purchased 140 Nieuport 24bis. These were used as a fighter trainer and served with the 31st Aero Squadron.


Aircraft and Flight Characteristics


8.25 m


5.870 m


2.40 m

Wing Area

14.75 m

Empty Weight

355 kg

Loaded Weight

547 kg

Maximum Speed

Ground level

2,000 m

170 km/hr.

170 km/hr.


To 1,000 m

To 2,000 m

To 3,000 m

To 5,000 m

2 min. 40 sec.

5 min. 40 sec.

9 min. 40 sec.

21 min. 40 sec.


Synchronized 0.303 in. Vickers and some had a 0.303 in. Lewis Gun on the top wing


1. Microfilm Publication M990, Roll 36, Series J, Vol.9, "
The 3rd Aviation Instruction center, Issodun, France," frames 129-135.
(Gorrell History)

2. Davilla, Dr. James J. and Arthur Soltan
French Aircraft of the First World War

3. Bingham, Hiram
An Explorer in the Air,
Yale University Press

4. Photo from the author's collection.

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