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WOW070 Spad S.7 LE12 by Thomas Gunn Miniatures

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Product Description

The third of our aircraft WOW070 The Spad S.7 was the forerunner of the
famous Spad 13 and was one of the most outstanding aircraft to emerge from
the French aeroplane manufacturer, Societie pour L'aviation et ses Derives
(Spad) during the Great War conflict. The S.7 was a smaller version of the
S.A 'Pulpit' fighter but had the observers forward seat and armament
removed.  Based around the Hispano-Suiza V8 engine  which would eventually
generate 180 HP with a top speed of 129 MPH, the Spad S.7 quickly became a
favourite  of the pilots who flew it, due to its excellent diving
characteristics and sturdy structure. It was however not as nimble as the
Nieuports it had replaced but was considered less likely to shed a wing in a
dive, obviously something to consider before switching back to a Nieuport!
Entering large scale service in 1917 with over 4000 being produced the Spad
S.7 entered service with French, British, Italian and Belgian Air Forces
amongst others. It's one major drawback was its armament of only 1 Vickers
machine gun when most new aircraft of the time were being armed with 2
machine guns.  
Our aircraft is one flown by Lt George Turnure of the 103rd Aero Squadron in
a very attractive 5 tone camouflage scheme, Turnure was a recent graduate
from Harvard prior to the outbreak of war and is credited with 2 possibly 3
aerial victories before being transferred as a flight commander to the 28th
Aero Squadron. He was awarded the legion of Honour and Croix De Guerre with
3 palms and a star before the armistice ended his military career. Returning
to New York, Turnure went to work in investment securities before dying
prematurely at only age 24 years old, although the cause of death is not
recorded. The 103rd Aero Squadron was an elite fighter pursuit Sqn with many
American pilots from the Lafayette Escadrille, being transferred into it
after the USA's official entry in WW1, its lineage still continues to this
day in the form of the 94th USAF Sqn. We have 12 Spad S.7 available
worldwide and have priced them at $425 which also includes the French sentry
figure free.

Other Details

Release Date:
February 2016
Retired Date:

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