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The first aircraft produced by S.P.A.D. for the military was the SPAD A.2, a tractor biplane. This two-seater had a detachable nacelle in front of the engine and propeller which was folded down, out of the way, to start the engine. In the air, an observer armed with a flexible Lewis gun occupied the nacelle and was protected from the propeller by a wire mesh screen. Visibility from pilot's cockpit behind the engine was hampered by the observer's nacelle and made landing difficult.
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SPAD A.2 Specifications
Country: France
Manufacturer: Société Anonyme Pour L'Aviation et ses Dérivés
Type: Fighter
Entered Service: 1915
Number Built: 99
Engine: Le Rhône rotary 9C, nine cylinders, 80 hp
Wing Span: 31 ft 4 in (9.55 m)
Length: 23 ft 11 in (7.29 m)
Height: 8 ft 6 in (2.60 m)
Empty Weight:  
Gross Weight: 1,562 lb (708 kg)
Max Speed: 100 mph at 6,600 feet
96 mph at 10,000 feet
Crew: 2
Armament: 1 machine gun
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