Full size printed plans Control Line Scale 1”=1 foot S.P.A.D. Wingspan 26 inches Engine .14 to .29
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Famous World War I fighter in Stand-off scale
Full size printed plan on two sheet 20” x 24” and 27” x 22”
Four page article with building notes and material list
Scale 1”=1 foot
Wingspan 26 inches
Engine .14 to .29
by WaIt Musciano
Undoubtedly, the best remembered Allied scout plane of World War One was the French S.P.A.D. This fighter, used extensively by French and the American airmen and by several British squadrons as well, proved extremely popular. Designed and constructed by the "Societe Pour Aviation et ses Derivees" (hence the initials S.P.A.D.) the biplane was the strongest Allied scout and one of the few aircraft at the time which could maintain sustained high speed dives without falling apart. Powered by a Hispano Suiza, eight cylinder vee type engine of .220 horsepower, the S.P.A.D. XIII attained a top speed of 135 miles per hour and could climb to 6500 feet in 514 minutes. Service ceiling was 22,300 feet and landing speed 59 miles per hour.
Armament consisted of the standard twin Vickers machine guns mounted atop the cowl. Some S.P.A.D. scouts serving with the A.E.F. were equipped with twin Browning machine guns. No bombs were fitted directly to the S.P.A.D., however, provision was made for carrying two 25 pound fragmentation bombs in a container located aft of the pilot's seat.
Virtually every leading French and American Ace flew the S.P.A.D.