Nieuport 81 E2

 

 

 

 

Nieuport 81 E2

 

Single-engine two-seat trainer

 

   In early 1918 the French government transferred four surplus Nieuport 81 E2 dedicated trainer aircraft to the Aviation Militaire Belge Pilot School at Juvisy-sur Orge. The Nieuport 81 E2 (also called Nieuport 23M) was closely based on the Nieuport 12 although its wings surface area being increased by 1 square meter to 23 m3 and the 110 hp Clerget rotary engine replaced by the 80 hp Le Rhône. It is thought that the 80 hp power of its engine explains the out of sequence "80" series designation. When the Pilot School was moved from France to the Belgium at Asch airfield in May 1919 the four Nieuport 81's were integrated in N°s 2 and 3 Squadrons of the VIe Groupe d'Aéronautique. Their operational career at Asch was cut short in August/September 1922 when they were considered to be worn out and thus withdrawn from use. The newly delivered Avro 504K's replaced the twin seat Nieuports 81 E2. (Daniel Brackx)


Picture  Serial c/n Date In Date Out History
- 1 9381 1918 12 Aug 1922  N° 1, "C", Pilots School Juvisy-sur-Orge, Pilot School Asch 2/IV
2 9836 1918 12 Aug 1922  N° 2, "D", Pilots School Juvisy-sur-Orge, Pilot School Asch 2/IV
3 9840 1918 12 Aug 1922  N° 3, "P", Pilots School Juvisy-sur-Orge, Pilot School Asch 3/IV
- 4 9833 1918 30 Sep 1922  N° 4, "E", Pilots School Juvisy-sur-Orge, Pilot School Asch 3/IV
- 9743 - - Aircraft noted at Asch airfield. No further information available.
In April 1921 Nieuport 81's 8236 and 8262 respectively appeared on the Belgian Civil register as O-BABE and O-BABC while Nieuport 80 8480 became O-BABU. All three aircraft's registrations were cancelled in January 1922.
 

 

 

 

  

Last updated 21/10/13 16:31   Daniel Brackx

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