SPAD SA.4

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SPAD SA.4
Role Fighter
Manufacturer S.P.A.D.
First flight 22 Feb 1916 [1]
Primary users Roundel of the French Air Force before 1945.svg France
Imperial Russian Aviation Roundel.svg Russia
Number built 11 [1]
Developed from SA.2
Variants SA.1, SA.3
Wingspan 9.55 m (31 ft 4 in) [2]
Engine 80hp Le Rhône rotary[note 1]
Armament front flexible Lewis
Crew 2
Max Speed 135 km/h (84 mph) [3]
to 160 km/h (100 mph)[2]
Climb 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 6:00[3]
2,000 m (6,560 ft) in 12:18[3]
3,000 m (9,840 ft) in 34:00[3]
Ceiling 3,500 m (11,500 ft) [3]
Endurance 2:00 [3]

The SPAD SA.4 was a SPAD SA.2 airframe with the 80hp rotary. Its wings were positioned further back for better balance, and ailerons were retained only on the top wings. One was used by Aviation Militaire and the other ten were sent to Russia, where they were likely used until the Revolution and perhaps during the Civil War. As of April 1917, twenty-five SPAD SA.2s and SA.4s were still in use in Russia, representing about 10% of the total fighter force.[4]

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

Game Data

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Preliminary Stats
Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
Y B 13 11 5

Miniatures and Models

1:144 Scale

1:285/6mm/1:288 Scale

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References

Notes
  1. Russian aircraft may have used 110hp Le Rhône 9J rotaries.[1]
Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Davilla, p.474.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Lamberton, pp.216-217.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Davilla, p.478.
  4. Davilla, p.479.
Bibliography
  • 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, Fighter Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Limited, 1960.