Nieuport 24: “How do we put the wings?”

Some sort of ultra low-aspect ratio experiment undertook by the Japanese in the 1920’s(?). They took this Nieuport 24  (or Nakajima type Ko 3) fuselage and equipped it with this bizarre, and I mean bizarre, wing structure. Sadly, the photo came with no really trustful data.

Photo source.


2 thoughts on “Nieuport 24: “How do we put the wings?”

  1. As a kid, in the 1960s, I’d often take my North Pacific Strato or Hi Flyer pieces and assemble them not unlike this – slide the wings lengthwise onto the little red plastic clip, something like a “swing wing” set to 90 degrees sweep! The result was not boring- the super-low aspect ratio can’t have been very good at lift but the smaller frontal area (and reduced lift-induced-drag?) made them pleasingly fast.

    If this alleged photo is unaltered, can some authority figure with my 5 to 9 year old’s grasp of aerodynamics have running amok in Japan in the 1920s? It’s possible. The “upper” surfaces appear to be lower wings from a Nieuport, so its just a matter of struts and bracing wire to hold everything together, and of course, building the curved-anhedral lower surface… I’m left hoping nobody was seriously hurt!

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