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We highlight a total of 14 rc SPAD airplanes on this page. One is from Dumas that comes in a kit. Wingspan is 35". It is designed by Pat Tritle. Three channel controls are for motor, elevator and
rudder. Recommended for power is a Speed 400 size motor.
RC SPAD (detail)
The rc SPAD from 3 Sea Bees Models comes as an ARF. You can power it with
.60 to .75 two cycle engines or .80 to .90 four cycle engines. It can
also be powered by an electric motor.
The rc SPAD from K & W Model Airplanes is said to be of museum quality. Wingspan is 63" and length is 49.5". A .60 to .90 two cycle or .90 to 1.20 four cycle engine can be used for
power. It will also accept electric motors.
The HobbyKing rc SPAD has a wingspan of 27 1/2" and a length of 22". Included are a motor, controller, and servos. Weight is around 18 oz. It comes as an ARF.
Sonic Modell's version of a rc SPAD comes in a compact size. Its wingspan is 14" and length 10". It comes ready to fly including radio, motor, controller, and flight battery.
The rc SPAD from Great Planes ElectriFly has a 34" wingspan and a 32" length. An ElectriFly 28-30-950 motor swinging a 10 x 3.5 prop is recommended. All up weight is about 25 oz.
SPAD aircraft are often regarded as the best French fighter aircraft of
World War One. SPAD stands for Societe Pour L'Aviation et ses Derives.
Pictured above is the rc SPAD built from plans from Cleveland Model Supply. It is built by Tim Corwin. Cleveland Model Supply has a number of rc SPAD plans. They have wingspans of 25.5", 38", 60" and 76".
The first successful SPAD aircraft flew in 1916. Its strong wings and
airframe permitted it to dive at higher speeds and with greater control
than other aircraft of its time.
Maxford USA's rc SPAD has a 68" wingspan and a length of 53". The ARF is of all wood construction and can be powered by a motor or engine. Weight is around 14 lbs.
Initially the aircraft was equipped with either a 150 hp or 180 hp Hispano-Suiza
engine. Late production aircraft had a 220 hp engine.
The rc SPAD from Proctor is available in kit form or as an ARF. Its wingspan is 80" with a length of 62". You will need from 2.0 to 3.0 four cycle engine power. Weight is about 19 lbs.
After a few test flights the SPAD was put into production. It
was deployed in September 1916 and immediately entered combat.
The rc SPAD by Balsa USA has a 79" wingspan and is 61" long. It is an all wood kit. Power can be from a 1.8 to 2.0 four cycle engine. Weight is about 21 lbs.
The aircraft were introduced in answer to larger, more powerful, and more
heavily armed German aircraft. Until they were introduced, French
fighter aircraft were armed with only a single machine gun.
The rc SPAD from Peter Rake shown above has a wingspan of 54". It is all wood, available as a short kit or
plans. It can be powered by a Speed 600 type motor. Weight should be around 5 lbs.
Not shown is the smaller rc SPAD from Peter Rake. Its wingspan is 36" with power from a Speed 400 type motor. You can find it as a kit or
plans alone. Weight is about 1 lb. 4 oz.
French aces Fonck, Guynemer and Nungesser all flew the SPAD. In addition to France, the aircraft was used by Great Britain, Belgium, Italy, Russia and the U.S.
The rc SPAD by Arizona Model Aircrafters comes in wingspans of 27", 53", 79", and 105". Availability is as plans or all wood kits.
The SPAD became the premier aircraft of the Escadrille Lafayette, an
American pilot squadron attached to the French. Eventually the aircraft
was transferred from the French to the American Expeditionary Force Air Service.
One of the American's most famous pilots who flew the aircraft was World War I ace Eddie Rickenbacker.
Simprop's rc SPAD comes as an ARF and is often available on eBay. The one pictured above was built by John van den Heuvel. Its wingspan is 31 1/2",
length is 24", with a weight of around 13 oz. when powered by a Speed 280 size motor.
A total of some 8,500 of the aircraft were produced.