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Société Provisoire des Aéroplanes Deperdussin built the early model TT, but the founder, Armand Deperdussin, was jailed in 1913 on fraud charges and engineering fell to Louis Bechereau. A syndicate led by Louis Blériot acquired the company and changed the name to Société Anonyme pour l'Avation et ses Derives or -- as it is popularly known, SPAD.[1]


  1. Davilla, p.184.
  • Dr. James J. Davilla and Arthur M. Soltan. French Aircraft of the First World War. Flying Machines Press, 1997. ISBN 0-9637110-4-0.