Corgi Diecast Model
Aviation Archive Series
SPAD XIII – S15123, 1st Lt. Lansing Colton Holden, Jr., 95th Aero Squadron, U.S. Army, July 1918, World War I
1:48 Scale. Length: 5". Wingspan: 6.6"
Limited Edition of 1,400 Models Worldwide
The earliest use of military aircraft on a large scale was during the First World War. In 1918 the 95th Aero Squadron became the first American pursuit squadron to fly combat missions on the Western Front. The squadron’s mission was to clear enemy aircraft from the skies as well as to escort reconnaissance and bombardment squadrons. Throughout their time in combat members of the 95th downed thirty-five enemy aircraft and had six aces, among them was 1st Lt. Lansing Colton Holden Jr., a Princeton dropout who scored his first aerial victory on September 29, 1918 having survived being shot down himself in August.Die-cast metal fuselage
Detailed cockpit with pilot figure
Historically accurate printed markings
Detailed wing rigging
Numbered collector card
In 1917, after acknowledging the failings of the SPAD S.VII compared to contemporary German fighters, SPAD built the S.XIII. Constructed primarily of wood with a fabric covering, this French biplane had a similar layout to its predecessor but with two Vickers machine guns replacing the single machine gun used on the S.VII, as well as a more powerful engine. The SPAD S.XIII was first flown in April 1917 with deliveries to the French Aéronautique Militaire starting the following month. Despite some performance problems, including poor maneuverability, and controllability at low speeds, the SPAD S.XIII was one of the most capable fighters of World War I.
A total of 8,472 SPAD S.XIIIs were built with orders for around 10,000 more that were cancelled at the Armistice. The S.XIII remained in service with France as a fighter until 1923. Other Allied forces also adopted the fighter, with SPAD XIIIs equipping 15 of the 16 operational U.S. pursuit squadrons at the Armistice.
The Corgi Aviation Archive features a wide selection of high quality, ready-made, diecast model airplanes. Each model is crafted with meticulous attention to detail, using specifications of the original aircraft. Corgi models are built with diecast metal and some plastic components.
This model of a SPAD XIII features:
Category: Corgi Biplane and Triplane Aircraft Models
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