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SPAD XIII


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The SPAD XIII was an improved version of the SPAD VII including aerodynamic refinements and a more powerful engine.  The prototype first flew in April 1917 with production examples entering service in May of the same year.

The SPAD XIII replaced the SPAD VII and later model Nieuports in French fighter squadrons and also served in the air forces of Belgium, Italy and the U.S.  This aircraft gained superiority over the Central Power air forces until the arrival of the Fokker D.VII.  Almost 8,500 were built. 

 
 Specifications
 
Type: Fighter
Engine: one 220 hp (164 kW) Hispano-Suiza 8Be piston engine
 
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page updated 13 February 2008

 

 

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