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Edouard Nieuport

Édouard de Nié Port (1875–1911) was the co-founder with his brother Charles of the eponymous Nieuport aircraft manufacturing company, Société Anonyme Des Établissements Nieuport, formed in 1909 at Issy-les-Moulineaux. An engineer and sportsman, Edouard was also one of the pre-eminent aeroplane designers and pilots of the early aviation era (from the late 19th century to the outbreak of World War I in 1914). As a pilot, he set a new world speed record of 74.37 miles per hour (119.69 km/h) on 11 May 1911 at Mourmelon, flying his Nieuport type II-N, powered by a 28 horsepower (21 kW) engine of his own design. Later that year at Châlons, he bested his own time with a new speed record of 82.73 miles per hour (133.14 km/h). Racing for the Gordon Bennett Trophy in July at Eastchurch, he finished third, beaten for first place by one of his own aircraft, flown by the American pilot C. T. Weymann.

Biography

He was born in 1875, and he had a brother, Charles de Nié Port. He died after a flying accident on 16 September 1911 in Charny, France.[1]

Records set by his aircraft

At Buc the same year, the pilot Gobé set a new closed-circuit distance record of 459.968 miles (740.247 km) in a Nieuport design. In the Gordon Bennett Trophy race his designs placed both first and third. As a designer, his aeroplanes won many awards, prizes, and competitions during 1910 and 1911, not to mention achieving some historical firsts: His early Nieuport II (that's a Roman numeral two, not the later famous type eleven), flown at Rheims in July 1910, was judged by many as the best in the show. His Nieuport IV-G, flown for the Italian Army Air Corps in North Africa by Capitano Moizo, made, on 24 October 1911, the second-ever reconnaissance flight by a military aeroplane, and perhaps the first bombing run. His Nieuport IV-G, brilliantly flown by Weymann, also won the Concours Militaire in October and November 1911.

Legacy

His brother Charles de Nié Port, who continued the work, died in a crash landing barely a year later on 24 January 1913, Eduard's designs continued to be built by the company and licensed for production internationally. His aircraft were exclusively monoplanes, not the biplanes for which the company became famous during the First World War. His monoplanes were sold throughout Europe, and involved in many other aviation firsts:

In January 1914, Gustave Delage joined the company, and began, with a variant of the type 10 parasol monoplane to which he added a small set of lower wings, to develop the brilliant sesquiplanes (an "almost biplane" with a full upper wing and a single-spar, half-chord lower wing) for which the Nieuport company would become famous during World War I.

References

  • Kenneth Munson, Pioneer Aircraft 1903-14
  • Phil Jarrett (Editor) Pioneer Aircraft; Early Aviation before 1914

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