French Air Service replaced the Nieuport 17 with the SPAD S.VII.
Although disadvantaged by poor forward and downward views from the
cockpit, the SPAD S.VII was fast, durable and difficult to shoot down.
A good performer, it was flown by nearly all the French aces. It proved
less successful in the hands of the British, possibly due to the combat
tactics employed by the pilots of the Royal Flying Corps. With 18
victories, Irish ace William Cochran-Patrick scored more victories with
the SPAD S.VII and SPAD S.XIII than any other ace.
Manufacturer: Société Anonyme Pour L'Aviation et ses Dérives
First Introduced: September 1916
Number Built: 3,825
Engine(s): Hispano-Suiza 8A, V-8, 150 hp
Wing Span: 25 ft 7¾ in [7.82 m]
Length: 20 ft 2 in [6.15 m]
Height: 7 ft 6.5 in
Empty Weight: 1,102 lb
Gross Weight: 1632 lb [740 kg]
Max Speed: 119 mph [191.5 kmh]
Ceiling: 17,500 ft
Endurance: 1.5 hours
Armament: 1 Vickers .303 machine gun