Sightings: Hazy's Hits
A photo gallery of airplanes at the National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center.
- By Michael Klesius
- AirSpaceMag.com, November 17, 2009
Dane A. Penland
A French-built airplane that was rejected in 1917 by the French (who favored the Spad XIII), the Nieuport 28C.1 was adopted by the U.S. Army until they, too, could take delivery of the Spad. The Nieuport became the first fighter plane to serve with an American unit under American command and in support of U.S. soldiers, and scored the first U.S. aerial victory ever. The museum’s artifact is a factory-constructed Nieuport made shortly after the war.