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Designed by Louis Béchereau in 1916, the SPAD S.XI reconnaissance bomber entered service in 1917. Plagued with engine problems and difficult to fly when armed with bombs, it was withdrawn from combat in June 1918.
 
SPAD S.XI Specifications
Country: France
Manufacturer: Société Anonyme Pour L'Aviation et ses Dérivés
Type: Reconnaissance/light bomber
Entered Service: 1917
Number Built:
Engine: Hispano-Suiza 8BE, 8-cylinder, liquid cooled inline, 235 hp
Wing Span: 35 ft 10 in (11.23 m)
Length: 25 ft 5 in (7.75 m)
Height: 8 ft 6 in (2.59 m)
Empty Weight:  
Gross Weight: 2,310 lb (1,048 kg)
Max Speed: 109 mph (176 km/h) at 6,500 ft (2,000 m)
Ceiling: 22,965 ft (7,000 m)
Endurance: 2 hours 15 minutes
Crew: 2
Armament: 2-3 machine guns
154 lb (70 kg) of bombs
 
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