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AMAZON.COM: THE REFERENCE ON AMERICA’S FIRST FIGHTER PLANE.

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The elegant Nieuport 28, unwanted by its French originators, was the first fighter plane used in combat by the USAS (United States Air Service) and thus was America’s first fighter — even if purchased from France. It was a fast, agile airplane plagued by design and construction problems that made it unreliable and even dangerous to fly. Although it gave a good account of itself in combat, its reputation suffered due to structural failures and in-flight fires and most pilots eagerly transitioned to the much sturdier SPAD 13 when those became available to the USAS. It was a fundamentally sound design that, with engineering fixes to its problems, could have served much longer at the Front and would have done so but for being replaced by a proven design. Having participated in preservation of NASM’s Nieuport 28, Ted Hamady Reviewed by J. W. Herris (Indio, CA USA) is extremely knowledgeable about the type and has written THE reference on it; whatever you want to know is here. Highly recommended.