SPAD XIII Full Size Replica Built By Roger Freeman
16,935-25-96 ... NOT A MODEL. ... This is a full-size, extremely authentic flight-worthy replica.
NOT MY PHOTO. ... Photo taken 10-25-08 by my good friend Tom Gaylord, a volunteer at Vintage Aviation Services. ... Posted with his permission.
This plane was built by Roger Freeman and his company, Vintage Aviation Services (VAS).
VAS restores rare WWI airplanes and vehicles and builds replicas of WWI airplanes and vehicles if no original is available. Their work is always as true to the original as possible. The expert at VAS is Roger Freeman, who is well-known in vintage aircraft circles.
This plane was built for a private customer. It will be (or by now has been) disassembled and shipped to the customer.
The SPAD S.XIII was a French biplane fighter aircraft of World War I, developed by Société Pour L'Aviation et ses Dérivés (SPAD) from the earlier highly successful SPAD S.VII. It was one of the most capable fighters of the war, and one of the most-produced, with 8,472 built and orders for around 10,000 more cancelled at the Armistice.
The S.VII had entered service in September of 1916, but by early 1917 it had been surpassed by the latest German scouts, leading French flying ace, Georges Guynemer to lobby for an improved version. SPAD designer Louis Béchereau initially produced the S.XII, which had limited success, and finally the S.XIII.
The S.XIII differed from its predecessor by incorporating a number of aerodynamic and other refinements, including larger wings and rudder, a more powerful Hispano-Suiza engine, and a second 0.303 Vickers machine gun for added firepower. All these improvements led to greater increases in flight and combat performance. It was faster than its main contemporaries, the British Sopwith Camel and the German Fokker D.VII, and was renowned for its ruggedness and diving ability. However, its maneuverability was inferior, especially at low speeds. Poor gliding characteristics and a very sharp stall made it a difficult aircraft for novice pilots to land safely.