The Nieuport single seat fighters were one of the classic Nieuport23marques of the 1914-18 war and were operated by the British, French, Belgian, Italian and Russian air services.  The Nieuport 17 became the popular mount of many Allied aces, including Fullard, Ball and Mannock.  A total of 525 Nieuport Scouts of all types were delivered to the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service.
Our aircraft carries the markings of the Escadrille Lafayette of the French Air Service, which was manned by American volunteers.  The exploits of this unit are the subject of a film, Fly Boys, which was released in 2006.  Our aircraft was the star of the film, and was built by its’ owners, John Day and Bob Gauld-Galliers.  As far as is known, it is the only full-size Nieuport 17 replica flying in Europe.