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20 ft. 8 in.
26 ft. 7 in.
2- 7.7 mm
SPAD XIII aircraft are often regarded as the best French fighter aircraft of World War One. SPAD stands for Societe Pour L’Aviation et ses Derives.
Initially the aircraft was equipped with either a 150 hp or 180 hp Hispano-Suiza engine. Late production aircraft had a 220 hp engine
The first successful SPAD XIII flew in 1916. Its strong wings and airframe permitted it to dive at higher speeds and with greater control than other aircraft of its time.
After a few test flights the SPAD XIII was put into production. It was deployed in September 1916 and immediately entered combat.
SPAD XIII aircraft were introduced in answer to larger, more powerful, and more heavily armed German aircraft. Until they were introduced, French fighter aircraft were armed with only a single machine gun.
French aces Fonck, Guynemer and Nungesser all flew the SPAD XIII. In addition to France, the aircraft was used by Great Britain, Belgium, Italy, Russia and the U.S.
The SPAD XIII became the premier aircraft of the Escadrille Lafayette, an American pilot squadron attached to the French. Eventually the aircraft was transferred from the French to the American Expeditionary Force Air Service. One of the American’s most famous pilots who flew the aircraft was World War I ace Eddie Rickenbacker.
A total of some 8,500 of the aircraft were produced.
RC SPAD XIII
The RC SPAD XIII from Great Planes ElectriFly has a 34 in. wingspan and a 32 in. length. An ElectriFly 28-30-950 motor swinging a 10 x 3.5 prop is recommended. All up weight is about 25 oz.
The RC SPAD XIII from 3 Sea Bees Models comes as an ARF. You can power it with .60 to .75 two cycle engines or .80 to .90 four cycle engines. It can also be powered by an electric motor.
Cleveland Model Supply has a number of RC SPAD XIII plans. They have wingspans of 25.5, 38, 60 and 76 inches.
Maxford USA’s RC SPAD XIII has a 68 in. wingspan and a length of 53 in. The ARF is of all wood construction and can be powered by a motor or engine. Weight is around 14 lbs.
The RC SPAD XIII by Balsa USA has a 79 in. wingspan and is 61 in. long. It is an all wood kit. Power can be from a 1.8 to 2.0 four cycle engine. Weight is about 21 lbs.
The RC SPAD XIII from Peter Rake has a wingspan of 36 in. with power from a Speed 400 type motor. You can find it as a kit or plans alone. Weight is about 1 lb. 4 oz
The RC SPAD XIII by Arizona Model Aircrafters comes in wingspans of 27, 53, 79, and 105 inches. Availability are as plans or all wood kits.