Full size printed plans Peanut Scale "SPAD XIII" airplane can be so well known and popular that it gets completely over looked!
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A particular Such is the case of the famous Spad XIII. The matter has now been attended to.
Full Size Printed Plan on a Sheet 11" x 17"
Two Pages of building notes and Photos
By JOHN WALKER
The Spad X III was preferred by such famous Allied aces as George Guynemer, Rene Fonck, Eddie Rickenbacker, Frank Luke, Phineas Pinkham, and G-8 because it was a solidly built fighter that did not shed wing fabric in a long dive, as did the more lightly built Nieuports. Sixteen pursuit squadrons of the AEF were equipped with Spad 13s Designed in France by the Societe pour Aviation et set Derives (headed by Louis Bleriot), the fighter was developed from the earlier Spad A.2 and Spad 7. The craft had a span of 26 ft.-11 in. length of 20 ft.-8 in., and was powered by a 200 HP Hispano-Suiza engine. It is thought to have been the first French plane fitted with twin synchronized machine guns. Spad 13's flown by Guynemer and Fonck were fitted with single shop 37 mm cannon that fired through the hollow propeller shaft. Top speed was 130 MPH at 6,500 ft., with a maximum service ceiling at 22,300 ft. After the war, many of the 8,500 Spad 13 's that were produced, could be found in flying services around the world (including the U.S.) as first line fighters, well into the 1920's