Nieuport-Delage NiD 62

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NiD.62
Nieuport-Delage NiD.62 C1.JPG
Nieuport-Delage NiD.62 C1
Role Fighter, later fighter trainer
Manufacturer Nieuport-Delage
First flight January 1928
Introduction 1931
Primary user Armée de l'Air

The Nieuport-Delage NiD.62 was a French sesquiplane fighter from the early 1930s. This machine was a descendant of a long line of Nieuport-Delage fighters that were designed and built during the years immediately after World War I. The NiD.62 was built in 1931 as a fighter for the Armée de l'Air. It served until the late 1930s, when it was replaced by more modern monoplane fighters. By the time of the outbreak of World War II in September 1939, all of the NiD.62s had been withdrawn from front-line fighter escadrilles but were used as trainers in French flight schools. A few aircraft were employed as target tugs. After the French capitulation and German occupation of France in June 1940, the German Luftwaffe had no interest in the NiD.62s and they were scrapped. None survived the war.

Variants[edit]

Nieuport-Delage NiD.62
Single-seat fighter aircraft, powered by a 500 hp (370 kW) Hispano-Suiza 12Hb.
Nieuport-Delage NiD.621
Twin-float fighter-trainer, powered by a 500 hp (370 kW) Hispano-Suiza 12Hb. Three built
Nieuport-Delage NiD.622
Single-seat fighter aircraft, powered by a 500 hp (370 kW) Hispano-Suiza 12Mdsh piston engine.
Nieuport-Delage NiD.623
One NiD.622 converted for speed records, powered by a 600 hp (450 kW) Lorraine 12Fd Courlis.
Nieuport-Delage NiD.624
One NiD.622 converted for racing, powered by a 600 hp (450 kW) Lorraine 12Fd Courlis.
Nieuport-Delage NiD.625
One NiD.622 converted for parachute experiments.
Nieuport-Delage NiD.626
Export NiD.622, 12 ordered by Peru in 1933 but Nieuport-Delage NiD.123s delivered instead, powered by 500 hp (370 kW) Lorraine 12Hdr engines.
Nieuport-Delage NiD.628
2 prototypes powered by a 500 hp (370 kW) Hispano-Suiza 12Mc engine.
Nieuport-Delage NiD.629
50 built with modified wing and ailerons, powered by a 500 hp (370 kW) Hispano-Suiza 12Mdsh engine. .
Nieuport-Delage NiD.72
All-metal version powered by a 600 hp (450 kW) Hispano-Suiza 12Lb engine. Aside from the prototype, three were built for Belgium for evaluation, four went to Brazil which saw action, and three were built for Romania with wooden fuselages.[1]
Nieuport-Delage NiD.82
Single all-metal prototype powered by a 500 hp (370 kW) Lorraine 12ha.[2]

Operators[edit]

 Brazil
 France
 Peru
 Turkey

Specifications (NiD.622)[edit]

Data from A Gallic Rarity...The 'One-and-a-Half' Nieuport-Delage[3]

General characteristics

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 270 km/h (146 knots, 168 mph) at sea level
  • Range: 900 km (486 nmi, 559 mi)
  • Service ceiling: 7,700 m (25,300 ft)
  • Climb to 3,000 m (9,845 ft): 5.3 min
  • Climb to 4,000 m (13,125 ft): 7.5 min

Armament

  • Guns: 2 × fixed forward-firing 7.7 mm (0.303 in) machine guns in forward fuselage

See also[edit]

Related lists

References[edit]

  • Green, William and Gordon Swanborough. "A Gallic Rarity...The 'One-and-a-Half' Nieuport-Delage". Air International, February 1990, Vol 38 No 2. Bromley, UK:Tri-Service Press. pp. 75–83, 92–93, 97. ISSN 0306-5634.
  • Green, William and Gordon Swanborough. The Complete Book of Fighters. New York: Smithmark, 1994. ISBN 0-8317-3939-8.