Many of the French and British aces began their careers flying the Nieuport 17. The highly maneuverable "Superbébé" was a larger, improved version of the Nieuport 11. Like its predecessor, it was initially equipped with a Lewis gun but was upgraded to a synchronized Vickers machine gun. Helping end Germany's domination of the air war, the Nieuport 17 easily outclimbed and outperformed the Fokker E.III. The superior design was so successful that German high command ordered it copied.
T6 Warbird vintage airplane. Photo by Clark Brewer.
Imperial Airways Handley Page H.P.45 G-AAXC "Heracles" in-flight. The 8 H.P.42/45 variants produced were the world's largest bi-plane airliners.
Nieuport 11 "Bébé" (baby) - 1915 Type: Fighter Manufacturer: Société Anonyme des Establissements Nieuport First Introduced: July 1915 Powerplant: Le Rhône 9C, air cooled 9 cylinder, rotary, 80 hp (60 kW) Wing Span: 24 ft 9 in 7.55 m Length: 19 ft 0.66 in 5.8 m Height: 8 ft 0.5 in 2.45 m Loaded Weight: 1,060 lb 480 kg Maximum Speed: 97 mph 156 km/h at sea level Ceiling: 15,090 ft 4,600 m Endurance: 2 hrs 30 mins Crew: 1 Armament: 1 × 0.303 in (7.7 mm) drum-fed Lewis gun, on the upper wing
Convair B-36 Peacemaker of the United States Air Force