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WW I AERO, AUGUST 2008

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From ww1 Aeronic.org

Mr. Hamady has written an excellent new book on the Nieuport 28 that will be of interest to many Aero members. Mr. Hamady worked as project researcher during the restoration of the Nieuport 28 in the NASM collection, formerly owned and flown by Cole Palen, and has produced a detailed history of the type covering almost all aspects of its development and use during WW I and after.
The Nieuport 28 is significant particularly to American aviation history as the first fighter to equip American forces in France during WWI. The book opens with a chapter giving a detailed description of the first successful combat of the Nieuport 28 with Douglas Campbell and Alan Winslow of the 94th Aero Squadron defeating two German fighters virtually over the 94th’s own field. Subsequent chapters back-track to give the reader a thorough understanding of the development of the Nieuport line of fighters, and an overview of the progress of the war through its first few years. This gives the context within which to view fighter evolution. The selection and use of the N28 by the US Air Service as America struggled to create effective fighting forces to help the allies in France is discussed in considerable detail, including the difficulties experienced by American pilots with wing failures, and an assessment of the effectiveness of the aircraft as a fighter in comparison with the SPAD XIII, which ultimately replaced it. Postwar service by the US, Swiss, and Argentine military is covered, followed finally by civilian use, particularly in the film industry. Descriptions of surviving original examples (tracing their individual histories) and reproductions are included as well. Finally, a number of appendices are included, covering drawings, color schemes and additional material not found in the main text.
Mr. Hamady has obviously put considerable effort into creating this book, consulting many references both from the period as well as more recent histories and is to be commended for his work. Anyone with an interest in the N28, the American Air Service, and aviation in the film industry will find this a worthwhile addition to their library.