The key six volunteers working on the Nieuport 28 construction.
From left to right: Jim Hull, Mike Racette, Joe Shea, John Cecilia,
Jim Goodman, and Charles Kendall.
In order to expand the scope of our aircraft collection to cover the period from the beginning of the 20th century to the current era,
the Warbird Heitage Foundation has teamed up with
EAA Chapter 414
to build and fly a full size replica of a
fighter plane from the First World War!
We have chosen to build a reproduction using modern materials and engines, instead of a restoration project, because the original wooden airframe and engines are
considered unsafe to fly by today's standards.
As many of you know, the Nieuport 28 was assigned to the
94th Aero Squadron.
This squadron was part of the 1st Pursuit Group of the U.S. First Army. It's
mission was engage and clear enemy aircraft from the skies.
The 94th Aero Squadron was credited with the first offical downing of an enemy aircraft. Among it's notable
members were Eddie Rickenbacker and Douglas Campbell, the first American trained Air Aces.
To quote Paul Wood "Our intent is to make this project as exacting and authentic as humanly possible."
We will be drawing on the expertise of the
Airdrome Aeroplanes Company
of Holden, MO,
and a total of 10 volunteers from
EAA Chapter 414
to complete the project.
Under the close guidance of
and some additional insight from
a retired historian, formerly with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.,
we hope to have the aircraft flying on the 100th
anniversary of the first downing of an enemy aircraft by a U.S. fighter plane in April of 2018.
Follow along with the construction effort as it progresses by viewing the photographs on the following pages.