Flight Journal - - GALLERY -

René Fonck, the Al­lies lead­ing ace, had high praise for the SPAD, “it com­pletely changed the face of aerial war­fare.” The SPAD VII was not an easy air­craft to fly. At low speed, its thin air­foil cross-sec­tion of­ten re­sulted in un­for­giv­ing stalls. It was, how­ever, an out­stand­ing diver, ca­pa­ble of speeds of nearly 250mph fol­lowed by a steep climb. Dive and zoom tac­tics were soon de­vel­oped, giv­ing SPAD pi­lots the abil­ity to dive on their op­po­nents, fire off a burst, and zoom­climb back out of harm’s way.

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