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Model Military Number Name
1917 XIII    
Formed by Armand Deperdussin in 1910, early SPAD aircraft were known by the Deperdussin name.  Their innovative monocoque fuselage aircraft won races and set world speed records in the pre-war years.

Taken over by Bleriot just before World War I, SPAD is famous for the SPAD XIII fighter.

1910: Armand Deperdussin forms the Societe Pour les Appareils Deperdussin (SPAD)

1913: Armand Deperdussin is arrested for embezzlement.  Louis Bleriot takes over the company and renames it Societe Pour l'Aviation et ses Derives (still SPAD).

1921: SPAD is reorganized as part of  Bleriot-Aeronautique


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