Nieuport Delage NiD 29 C1


 Nieuport Delage NiD 29 C1 N-35




 Nieuport Delage NiD 29 C1

Single engine single seat fighter

    At the end of World War I, the Belgian “Aviation Militaire” was composed of a large mixture of different types of fighter-, bomber- and observation aircraft of French and British origin, which inevitably resulted in a maintenance nightmare.
   In view of standardising on a single “fighter” type of aircraft - to replace the war weary Sopwith Camels, Hanriot HD.1 and Spad XIII’s augmented by a number of war reparation Fokker D.VII - an evaluation of several new models was organised. As such the Aviation Militaire Belge acquired and/or tested the Sopwith 7F.1 Snipe (1 aircraft), the Martinsyde F.4 Buzzard (2), the Morane MS.30 A.I (3), the Ansaldo Ballila (1) and the Nieuport-Delage NiD 29 C1. The 1921 “Coupe Deutsch” winner Georges Kirsch officially presented this last aircraft type to the Belgian authorities at Evere airfield on 19 August 1921. Finally, the Nieuport-Delage was selected as the aircraft best adapted to fulfil the requirement for the standard Aviation Militaire Belge fighter aircraft.
   In 1922 the Belgian Government ordered 108 NID 29 C1 powered by the 300 hp Hispano-Suiza 8Fb V-8 engine, 20 of which were to be delivered by the French company while the remaining 88 fighters were to be constructed by the newly founded aeronautics company Sabca. The first Nieuport Delage NiD 29 C1 was handed over to Belgium from France on 6 June 1922, while the first Belgian built machine (N-21) was delivered by Sabca on 21 January 1924. The contract with Sabca for 88 aircraft was also to included 29 (?) Nieuport Delage NiD 29 ET1’s equipped with the less powerful Hispano Suiza 8Ab producing 180 hp, which were to be used as trainer aircraft. However no further confirmation of the delivery and use by the Aviation Militaire/Aéronautique Militaire of these NID 29 ET’s could be found.
   The 108 Belgian NiD29’s were in service with the 2/IV (later 3/I/1Aé) (Chardon), 3/IV (later 1/I/2Aé) (Comet), 5/II, 6/II and 7/II (later 5/II/2Aé and 7/II/2Aé) (Cocotte) and the Pilot School (Pingouin). Already in 1927 a number of NiD 29C1’s were replaced by the much liked Avia BH.21 while the remainder soldiered on until 1931 with the arrival of the then much more modern Fairey Firefly IIM. (D. Brackx)

Picture   Belgian Serial Date In Date Out History
N-8 Aug 1922 - N-8 (Nieuport-Astra), 3/IV (Comet), 1/I/2Aé (Comet)
N-16 Mar 1923 - N-16 (Nieuport-Astra), 3/IV (Comet)
N-22 1924 - N-22 (Sabca), 1/I/2Aé (Comet)
N-25 Jan 1924 - N-25 (Sabca), 2/IV (Chardon), 2/I/1Aé (Chardon).
N-35 Jan 1924 - N-35 (Sabca), 1/I/2Aé (Comet), 2/I/2Aé (Chardon).
N-36 Jan 1924 Oct 1927 N-36 (Sabca), 2/I/1Aé (Chardon).
N-43 Sep 1924 - N-43 (Sabca), 7/II/2 Aé (Cocotte)
N-56 Oct 1925 - N-56 (Sabca), 7/II/2 Aé (Cocotte)
N-57 Feb 1925 Jul 1925 N-57 (Sabca), 5/II/2 Aé (Cocotte)
N-61 Nov 1925 - N-61 (Sabca), II/2Aé, 2/I/1Aé (Chardon)
N-83 Apr 1926 - N-83 (Sabca), 2/I/1Aé (Chardon), II/2Aé.
N-94 Jun 1926 - N-94 (Sabca), 1/I/2Aé (Comet)
N-101 Mar 1926 Sep 1927 N-101 (Sabca), II/2 Aé (Cocotte), 1/I/2Aé (Comet)
Unidentified Belgian Nieuport NiD 29 C1 aircraft





Last updated 04/11/15 10:44   Daniel Brackx