SPAD XIII – 95th Aero Sqn, Lansing Carlton Holden Jr, USAAC 1918 1/48
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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/48 scale AA37906: SPAD XIII serial S15123 of the 5th Aero Sqn as flown by 1Lt Lansing Carlton Holden Jr, of the USAAC in July 1918. Limited Edition of 1,400 pieces.
Length 5.25 inches Wingspan 6.75 inches
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 in combat 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 Squadron shot down thirty-five enemy aircraft and had six aces. Among them was 1Lt Lansing Colton Holden Jr, a Princeton dropout, who scored his first victory on 29th September 1918 having survived being shot down himself in August that year. Our replica carries the 95th Aero Squadron’s kicking mule squadron emblem.
Designed by The French aircraft company Société pour l’Aviation et ses Dérives (SPAD) as a refinement of the highly-successful SPAD S.VII, the SPAD S.XIII was first flown on April 4th, 1917. Essentially a larger version of its predecessor with a more powerful V-8 Hispano-Suiza engine, the SPAD XIII was a strongly-built wood and fabric biplane. It could reach a top speed of 135 mph—making it 10 mph faster than the new German fighters. It carried two Vickers machine guns, each with 400 rounds of ammunition, and the pilot could fire the guns separately or together.