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Equipped with twin machine guns and a larger engine, the SPAD XIII was based upon the airframe of the smaller SPAD VII. Built in large numbers, it was fast and powerful but difficult to fly. French ace Georges Guynemer's last victory was also the first victory scored by a SPAD XIII. With 20 victories, American ace Eddie Rickenbacker scored more victories with the SPAD XIII than any other ace.
SPAD XIII Specifications
Country: France
Manufacturer: Société Anonyme Pour L'Aviation et ses Dérivés
Type: Fighter
First Introduced: September 1917
Number Built: 8,472
Engine(s): Hispano-Suiza 8 BEc 8 cylinder liquid cooled inline V, 235 hp
Wing Span: 26 ft 11 in
Length: 20 ft 8 in
Height: 7 ft 11 in
Empty Weight:
Gross Weight: 1,801 lb
Max Speed: 138 mph at 6,560 ft
Ceiling: 21,820 ft
Endurance: 2 hours
Crew: 1
Armament: 2 Vickers .303 machine guns
Belgian Air Service: 10me
French Air Service: Spa3, Spa12, Spa15, Spa16, Spa23, Spa26, Spa31, Spa37, Spa38, Spa48, Spa49, Spa57, Spa62, Spa65, Spa67, Spa68, Spa69, Spa73, Spa75, Spa76, Spa77, Spa78, Spa79, Spa80, Spa81, Spa82, Spa83, Spa84, Spa85, Spa86, Spa87, Spa88, Spa89, Spa90, Spa91, Spa92, Spa93, Spa94, Spa95, Spa96, Spa97, Spa98, Spa99, Spa100, Spa102, Spa103, Spa112, Spa124, Spa150, Spa151, Spa152, Spa153, Spa154, Spa155, Spa156, Spa157, Spa158, Spa159, Spa160, Spa161, Spa162, Spa163, Spa164, Spa165, Spa166, Spa167, Spa168, Spa170, Spa171, Spa173, Spa175, Spa313, Spa314, Spa315, Spa412, Spa442, Spa461, Spa462, Spa463, Spa464, Spa466, Spa467, Spa469, Spa470, Spa471, Spa472, Spa506, Spa507, Spa523, Spa531, Spa561
Italian Air Service: 70a, 71a, 77a, 91a
Royal Flying Corps: 19, 23
United States Air Service: 13th, 17th, 22nd, 27th, 28th, 49th, 93rd, 94th, 95th, 103rd, 138th, 139th, 141st, 147th, 148th, 185th, 213th
SPAD XIII Aces (9)
1 USA Rickenbacker, Edward Vernon 20
2 USA Swaab, Jacques Michael 10
3 Russia Argeyev (d'Argueff), Pavel Vladimirovich 9
4 USA Hunter, Frank O'Driscoll 8
5 USA Holden, Lansing Colton 7
6 USA Schoen, Karl John 7
7 USA Stovall, William Howard 6
8 USA d'Olive, Charles Rudolph 5
9 France Roques, Jacques Rapha´┐Żl 5
SPAD Fighters in Action (Aircraft in Action)
John Connors / Paperback / Squadron/Signal Pub 1989
Michael P. Roffe / Unknown Binding / Arco Pub Co
SPAD XII/XIII Aces of World War 1
Jon Guttman / Paperback / Osprey Pub 2002
SPAD XIII and SPAD VII (Model Historic Aircraft Series)
Peter A. Zorn Jr. / Paperback / Crown Pub 1982
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