Saturday, February 27, 2016

Nieuport on the way

Welcome to the Nieuport Restoration site.

Recently, the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome and the Candler Field Museum got together with a common goal:

Return a 1916 Nieuport 11 to the skies.

Here is a Press Release from ORA:

Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome
Red Hook, NY, United States · 

The Aerodrome saw our Nieuport 11 head off this morning for its rebuild. After suffering an unplanned and abrupt return to the earth several years ago, she has remained in storage since then. An agreement made over the course of this winter will see her returned to airworthy status at the talented hands of Brian Karli and Ron Alexander of the Candler Field Museum in Williamson, GA. Candler Field will retain the use of her, on loan, in their museum and on their flightline for a period of three years before returning to the skies over Rhinebeck and a reinsertion into the weekly airshows following that period. Brian and Ron most recently completed a museum quality restoration of an airworthy Hisso Jenny much like ORA's and it is a stunner! We are very happy to be continuing and further building this positive relationship with our fellow museum in Georgia and look forward to seeing Victor Chapman's Nieuport 11 back in the air soon! Stay tuned!

On February 26th, 2016 The Nieuport was loaded on a trailer and headed for its new temporary home in Georgia.  Jerry Wells took on the task, driving from Rhinebeck, NY to Williamson, GA.  

But lets back up a moment.  

The Nieuport was built in the 1980's by Gordon and Kay Bainbridge.  Since few or no original drawings existed back then, they used a pertty accurate set of Proctor model airplane plans and scaled them up.  I must say, they did a very nice job.

The plane flew at Old Rhinebeck for many years.

Unfortunately, the Nieuport had an accident and was placed in storage in Cole's old barn.

This blog will chronicle the restoration process as well as tidbits of Nieuport history. We hope you will join us.