Ponnier M.1


Ponnier M.1

 

Having an urgent need for new fighter aircraft the Belgian authorities ordered thirty Ponnier M.1's, although this machine was

 rejected by the French Armée de l'Air for being too dangerous to fly.

Most Belgian pilots also refused to fly the Ponnier (of which only ten were delivered) and it was quickly withdrawn from use.

 

Ponnier M.1 and Abel De Neef

 

Pilot Abel De Neef in front of a nose-art decorated Ponnier M.1 at Ten Bogaerde (Koksijde) airfield.

 

Ponnier M.1 "Le Vampire" and Abel De neef

 

Pilot Abel De Neef ready for a flight in Ponnier M.1 "Le Vampire" 

 

Crash of an unidentified Ponnier M.1 fighter at Lampernisse on 15 September 1916.

 

Crash of an unidentified Ponnier M.1 fighter at Lampernisse on 15 September 1916.

 

Ponnier M.1 and instructor pilot Honoré Duplus

 

Famous instructor pilot Honoré Duplus is posing in front of a Ponnier M.1

Daniel Brackx Collection

 

Ponnier M.1 Lt. Braun

 

S/Lt. Pierre "Bambino" Braun in front of a Ponnier M.1

 

 

Militaire Belge Ponnier M.1 at Ten Bogaerde airfield

 

An Aviation Militaire Belge Ponnier M.1 at Ten Bogaerde airfield

 

 

 

 

 

Last updated 02/08/12 08:15   Daniel Brackx

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