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SPAD XIII Model, USAS, 2nd Lt. Frank Luke, Jr. - WOTGW WW15002


SPAD XIII Model, USAS, 2nd Lt. Frank Luke, Jr. - WOTGW WW15002 - click to enlarge
SPAD XIII Model, USAS, 2nd Lt. Frank Luke, Jr. - WOTGW WW15002 - click to enlarge


Item No. WW15002
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Wings of the Great War Display Model

SPAD XIII - 2nd Lt. Frank Luke, Jr. (Medal of Honor recipient), 27th Aero Squadron, U.S. Air Service (USAS), World War I, 1918

1:72 Scale.  Length: 3.4”.  Wingspan: 4.5"



Limited Edition of 720 Models Worldwide


Lt. Frank Luke, Jr., known as the "Arizona Balloon Buster," for his daring feats against German observation balloons during World War I, was the 27th Aero Squadrons most colorful ace, but his 18 victories cost him his life. He was awarded the Medal of Honor. The aircraft flown by the 27th include the Nieuport 28, Spad XIII and Sopwith F-1 Camel

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 S.XIII played an important role with French military forces, replacing the S.VII as well as the few remaining Nieuport fighters in front line service.

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 of the U.S. Air Service (USAS) at the Armistice.


Wings of the Great War is a series of limited edition 1/72 models of World War I aircraft. These historically accurate hand-cast resin models are crafted using the specifications of the original aircraft. They include an exclusive stand with an articulating mount that allows you to pivot the model in virtually any direction or angle.

This model of a SPAD XIII features:

  • Detailed airframe with pilot figure
  • Historically accurate printed markings
  • Adjustable display stand
  • Model information card



  • Category: Wings of the Great War 1:72 Military Aircraft


    Not suitable for children under the age of 14


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