The model is a perfect gift for home or office decoration. XIII was a French biplane fighter aircraft of World War I, developed by Société Pour L'Aviation et ses Dérivés (SPAD) from the earlier highly successful SPAD S. It was one of the most capable fighters of the war, and one of the most-produced, with 8,472 built and orders for around 10,000 more canceled at the Armistice. XIII differed from its predecessor by incorporating a number of aerodynamic and other refinements, including larger wings and rudder, a more powerful 220 HP Hispano-Suiza 8B engine fitted with reduction gearing, driving a larger "right-hand" propeller, and a second 0.303 Vickers machine gun for added firepower.
The sum of these improvements was a notable improvement in flight and combat performance. It was faster than its main contemporaries, the British Sopwith Camel and the German Fokker D. VII, and was renowned for its ruggedness and strength in a dive. The maneuverability of the type was however relatively poor, especially at low speeds. A steep gliding angle and a very sharp stall made it a difficult aircraft for novice pilots to land safely.
XIII was flown by famous French fighter pilots such as Georges Guynemer and Rene Fonck, and also by Italian ace Francesco Baracca. Aces of the United States Army Air Service who flew the Spad XIII include Eddie Rickenbacker (America's leading ace with 26 confirmed victories). And Frank Luke (18 victories). The item "Airplane WWI Spad Transparent Biplane 24 Wood Model Aircraft Assembled" is in sale since Tuesday, December 22, 2015.This item is in the category "Collectibles\Transportation\Aviation\Military Aircraft\Other Military Aircraft Items". The seller is "atlantisgift" and is located in New York. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Germany, Austria, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Guatemala, Honduras, Bahamas.