Airdrome Aeroplanes builds 4 Nieuport 17's for use in film Flyboys being filmed in England.

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While at Sun N Fun doing an interview on Airdrome Aeroplanes Eindecker I ran into Robert Baslee owner of Airdrome Aeroplanes. Robert and his staff had just completed building 4 of his full-scale Nieuport 17s from start to finish in only 52 days. Each of these aircraft would normally take a customer from 6 to 9 months to build!

Apparently a movie company doing a movie about the Lafayeete Escadrille had contracted Robert to produce 2 aircraft in 60 days.  Each day Robert would email pictures of the build progress. 10 days into the build he was again contacted this time to build an additional 2 aircraft - but still within the 60 day time limit!

At the end of 52 days Robert delivered 4 full scale, fully F.A.A. inspected, Volkswagen powered, test flown Nieuport 17's to the production company. Robert indicates that the craft were designed and built from original drawings from the Smithsonian, so that they are exact airframe replicas of the original aircraft.

The only difference is the power plants. The original craft used rotary engines. To replicate the look of the engine a rotary engine mock up was designed for the front of the planes, but the original full scale prop is still used.

Performance of the craft is identical to the original design with cruise speeds coming in at 100 to 105 mph. The major difference being that the original craft weighed in at 900 lbs. while the Airdrome replicas come in at 530 lbs. With this added power to weight ratio the planes get off the ground quicker and are able to climb out considerably steeper.

Unfortunately the film "Flyboys" calls for two of the craft to be destroyed during filming which started on May 1st, 2005. Robert left for England to put the planes together and do some of the flying on April 24th and will be in England for 6 weeks.

For more information contact:
Airdrome Aeroplanes
929 NW  Road 1571,
Holden, MO 64040

Airdrome Aeroplanes builds 4 Nieuport 17's for use in film Flyboys being filmed in England.

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