SPAD 11

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SPAD 11
Downward view of a "Chateau Thierre Aeroplane", a World War I aircraft, in flight over Argone Forest and French trenches, ca.1914-1918 (CHS-5031).jpg
Role Reconnaissance
Manufacturer S.P.A.D.
First flight Sept 1916 [1]
Primary users Roundel of the French Air Force before 1945.svg France
US Army Air Roundel.svg U.S.A.
Roundel of Belgium.svg Belgium
Number built 1000 [2]
Wingspan 11.2 m (36 ft 10 in) [3][4]
Engine 220hp Hispano-Suiza 8Bc vee
Armament fixed sync. Vickers and
1-2 flexible rear Lewis
68 kg (150 lb) of bombs[3]
Crew 2
Max Speed 176 km/h (109 mph)[5][4] to
185 km/h (115 mph)[6]
Climb 2,000 m (6,560 ft) in 6:55-[3]7:30[6]
3,000 m (9,840 ft) in 12:36[6]-14:45[3]
4,000 m (13,100 ft) in 17:00[6]-17:30[3]
Ceiling 6,300 m (20,700 ft)[6] to
7,000 m (23,000 ft)[5][4]
Endurance 2:15 [6][5][3][4]

Adapting the successful SPAD 7 design to the two-seater "C2" specification resulted in the SPAD 11. It was not maneuverable enough to be a fighter, though, so it was relegated to escort duty and army cooperation. While it was nowhere near the Salmson 2 or Breguet 14 in capabilities, large numbers were built to replace obsolescent A.R and Sopwith Strutter escadrilles. While they were gradually replaced (usually by the SPAD 16) starting in mid 1918, a few were still in service at the Armistice.[2]

Slow production of the Hispano-Suiza engine slowed production, and it wasn't until spring-summer 1918 that they arrived in numbers, only to start into retirement and replacement by the French in July. Thirty-five were acquired by the American Expeditionary Force where they were used from February 1918 until replaced by Salmsons in June. Three escadrilles of the Belgian Aviation Militaire kept theirs until the Armistice.[1]

For more information, see Wikipedia:SPAD S.XI.

Timeline [note 1]

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Version Availability Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
Vickers+Lewis Oct17-end H B/B 16 11 3
Vickers+2×Lewis H B/A 16 11 3

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  1. Plane counts are approximate and based of escadrille usage in Davilla'97.
Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 Lamberton, p.94.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Davilla, p.494.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Lamberton, p.218-220.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Angelucci, p.44.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Munson, p.64.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 Davilla, p.499.
Bibliography
  • Enzo Angelucci, ed. The Rand McNally Encyclopedia of Military Aircraft, 1914-1980. New York: The Military Press, 1983 edition. ISBN 0-517-41021-4.
  • Dr. James J. Davilla and Arthur M. Soltan. French Aircraft of the First World War. Flying Machines Press, 1997. ISBN 0-9637110-4-0.
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Reconnaissance & Bomber Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Ltd., 1962. ISBN 9780900435027
  • Kenneth Munson, Bombers: Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft, 1914-1919. New York: The MacMillan Company, 1968, Blandford Press Ltd. ISBN 978-0753721711