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The Nieuport 28 design was an attempt to adapt the concept of the lightly built, highly maneuvrable rotary engined fighter typified by the 17 to the more demanding conditions of the times. It was designed to carry an up-to-date armament of twin synchronized machine guns, had a more powerful engine, and a new wing structure – for the first time a Nieuport biplane was fitted with conventional two spar wings, top and bottom, in place of the sesquiplane “v-strut” layout of earlier Nieuport types. The tail unit’s design closely followed that of the Nieuport 27, but the fuselage was much finer, in fact it was so narrow that the machine guns had to be offset to the left.[