Spad XIII French Model Airplane

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Spad XIII French Model Airplane

Dimensions: 23.5" Long X 30" Wingspan

Weight: 3 lbs

This allied WWI Spad, nick named Vieux Charles, is a true miniature replica of Guynemer's plane.

Still revered in France today.

*Lightweight frame

*Stretched silk fabric, similar to the original construction in the early 1900's

*Comes assembled

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History:  The SPAD S.XIII was a French biplane fighter aircraft of the First World War, developed by Societe Pour L'Aviation et ses Derives (SPAD) from the earlier and highly successful SPAD S. VII. 

During early 1917, the French designer Louis Bechereau, spurred by the approaching obsolescence of the S.VII, decided to develop two new fighter aircraft, the S.XII and the S.XIII, both utilizing a powerful new geared version of the successful Hispono-Suiza 8A engine. The cannon armament of the S.XII was unpopular with most pilots, but the S.XIII proved to be one of the most capable fighters of the war, as well as one of the most-produced, with 8,472 built and orders for around 10,000 more cancelled at the Armistice.

By the end of the First World War, the S.XIII had equipped virtually every fighter squadron of the Aeronautique Militaire. In addition, the United States Army Air Service also procured the type in bulk during the conflict, and some replaced or supplemented S.VIIs in the Royal Flying Corps (RFC), pending the arrival of Sopwith Dolphins. It proved popular with its pilots; numerous aces from various nations flew the S.XIII during their flying careers. Following the signing of the Armistice of November 11, 1918, which effectively marked the end of the First World War, surplus S.XIIIs were sold in great numbers to both civil and military operators throughout the world.