Just prior to the start of WW1, the Societe Pour les Appareila Deperdussin (SPAD) was rescued from bankruptcy by the esteemed French aviator Louis Bleriot, renaming the company Societe Pour l'Aviation et ses Derives thus retaiing the initials SPAD. During the war years, the SPAD was supplied in large numbers to the Allied Forces - 214 to Italy, 189 to USA, 185 to Britain and more to russia and Belgium. With lobbying by Georges Guynemer, strident efforts were made to improve the performance, using the 8Ba Hispano-Suiza engine and formidable twin Vickers machine guns. With speeds up to 139 mph (224km/h) it could reach heights of nearly 22,000 feet
After the war, surplus SPADs were sold off around the world - Brazil, Peru, Thailand, Greece, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Romania ... making it one of the most successful and widely exported of contemporary French aircraft.
This model is in classic French colours befitting a French classic plane. Nicknamed Vieux Charles after Guynemer's plane and still revered in France today
Size: 60cm x 75cm x 22cm