|First flight||May 1915 |
|Number built||10 |
|Variants||SA.2, SA.3, SA.4|
|Engine||80hp Le Rhône rotary|
|Armament||front flexible Lewis|
|Max Speed||135 km/h (84 mph) |
The pre-synchronizer days led to many innovative ideas to provide a front-firing gun: pushers, top-wing mounts, deflector plates, etc. SPAD chose a unique route in the SPAD SA.1: a hinged pulpit for a gunner attached in front of the propeller of a traditional tractor biplane. The pulpit was hinged at the undercarriage so it could be moved out of the way for engine maintenance. A speaking tube ran from the pulpit through the propeller hub to the pilot, so that the crewman could maintain at least the semblance of communication.
For more information, see Wikipedia:SPAD S.A.
Miniatures and Models
Any of the SA models make a fine substitute.
- Davilla, p.474.
- Davilla, p.478.