1915 Nieuport 11

The Nieuport 11 at the Saskatchewan Aviation Museum & Learning Centre is a replica 7/8th scale aircraft.

Number #1 squadron, Royal Flying Corps received Nieuport 11’s as a gift from the French air force, which was re-equipping with SPAD fighters. The Germans admired the Nieuport and copied some of its features.  

The Nieuport is a sesquiplane – a full upper wing and a smaller lower. The arrangement made the wings strong with excellent maneuverability.  Canadian ace and Victoria Cross winner Billy Bishop flew this aircraft in many of his victories.

A total of 3600 were built. Only one original aircraft exists in a Belgian museum. But there are many copies such as this museum’s Nieuport. We know of Saskatchewan pilots who flew these aircraft against the Germans.

The Nieuport was equipped with a device that allowed the machine gun to fire between the propeller blades turning at any speed.

The engines used in this and many aircraft in WW1 were rotary engines – the crankshaft did not turn. The whole engine revolved around the crank-shaft.

WW1 pilots did not use parachutes, although parachutes had been invented and the German pilots were equipped with them.

Important: Change of Hours & New Entry to Museum

(Oct 1st to Apr 30th)

Open Wed to Sat,  9am to 4pm daily
Closed Sun, Mon & Tues

Pre-arranged Group Tours may be available upon request on closed days.

Entry

Effective August 1, 2020, the museum no longer has street-front access. Unfortunately, due to the economic impact of Covid-19, the museum has had to move all its activities to our unit at the rear of Hangar 5. The new entrance to the museum will be via the gate at the north side of the building. Signage with contact and entrance instructions is displayed. Please check back here for updates on our progress as we reorganize the museum. As always, contact us with any questions or to schedule a visit or a flight.