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Role Fighter
Manufacturer S.P.A.D.
Designer Louis Béchereau [1]
First flight Apr 1918 [2]
Introduction summer 1918
Primary user Roundel of the French Air Force before 1945.svg France
Number built 20 [2]
Wingspan 8.20 m (26 ft 11 in) [3]
Engine 300hp Hispano-Suiza 8Fb vee
Armament 2×fixed sync. Vickers
Crew 1
Max Speed 201 km/h (125 mph)[3]-217 km/h (135 mph)[2][note 1]
Climb 2,000 m (6,560 ft) in 5:24[2]
3,000 m (9,840 ft) in 8:20[2]
4,000 m (13,100 ft) in 12:32[2]
Ceiling 7,175 m (23,500 ft)[2]
Endurance 1:15 [2]

The SPAD 17 was the ultimate SPAD fighter. It was a development of the popular SPAD 13 designed for the new 300hp Hispano-Suiza 8Fb engine. The wings and fuselage were strengthened and the horizontal stabilizers had a rounded shape reminiscent of the SPAD 16 two-seater. In testing, the SPAD 17 was found to be marginally superior to the SPAD 13. A test batch of twenty SPAD 17's were built. In the last few months of the war, they were parceled out to the top pilots of Les Cicognes (The Storks). [2]

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

Game Data

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Unofficial Stats
Availability Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
18Q2-18Q4 A A 17 15 3

Miniatures and Models

1:144 Scale

1:285/6mm/1:288 Scale


Orthographic Drawings


  1. Ferry'14 gives it a top speed of 240 km/h (150 mph), but that seems dubious.[4]
  1. Bruce-Glencoe
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 Davilla, p.521.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Lamberton, pp.216-217.
  4. Ferry'14, p.147.
  • J.M. Bruce, Glencoe Models No.1: SPAD SCOUTS SVII-SXIII. England: Osprey Publications Ltd, and US: Glencoe Models, text 1969.
  • Dr. James J. Davilla and Arthur M. Soltan. French Aircraft of the First World War. Flying Machines Press, 1997. ISBN 0-9637110-4-0.
  • Vital Ferry. French Aviation During the First World War. Paris: Histoire and Collections, 2014. ISBN 978-2-35250-370-5
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Fighter Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Limited, 1960.