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In Memoriam

Klaas Willem Jonker
† April 30, 2018

On Monday 30 April 2018, Wilko Jonker died after a long illness at the age of 58. He leaves behind a wife and two children. The Dutch military aviation and plastic modeling were his hobby and on this website he shared all the knowledge he has collected over the years. His hobby has been able to distract him from the persistent disease in his body until the last week of his life. The contacts with other hobbyists were a major support for him.

This website will be maintained by different people for as long as possible, so that other enthusiasts can continue to benefit from extensive content.

Nieuport 11 C1 BB


The bi-plane Nieuport XI was developed in 1915 from the single seat, monoplane Nieuport XI. The reason for this confusing double designation is unknown. To distinct both types from each other, the biplane had a "B" (= Biplane) added to its designation.

The French Air Force had divided it aircraft in several classes:

Class A Reconnaissance plane
Class B Light single seat fighter
Class C Heavy multi seat fighter aircraft
Class D Canon armed aircraft
Class E Bomber

So the designation of the new biplane Nieuport XI was in fact Nie.XI BB (= Nieuport type XI Biplane, Class B). Soon the type was nicknamed BéBé.


Technical information Nieuport 11 C.1
Length: 5,64 m Wing span: 7,5 m
Height: - m Wing area: 13,5 m2
Empty Weight: - kg Max. start weight: 525 kg
Max. speed: 152 km/hr Cruising speed: - km/u
Climbing speed: - m/min    
Service ceiling: 4500 m Range: 2 hours
Engine type: One Le Rhône 9C rated 80 hp
Crew: One aviator
Armament: 1 MG machine gun