Eddie Rickenbacker, president of Eastern Airlines in the 1950s, was the most famous American pilot during the Great War (1914-18). Skilled in air-to-air combat, Eddie R. shot down 26 enemy aircraft. Not as many kills as the Red Baron by a long shot, but Eddie had a late start. The Spad XIII was French-built, and the machine of choice for the US Air Service's 94th squadron. The squadron logo, Uncle Sam's top hat set in a ring, was painted on the fabric-covered fuselage together with Rickenbacker's personal number one. The Spad was fitted with a 220 horsepower Hispano Suiza engine, giving it a max speed of 133 mph.
Fabric stretched frames, spoke wire wheels, leather cockpit accents, brass and aluminum details, laminated propellers, historically correct colors, and big markings. True craftsmanship. For flight aficionados. Not a kit, but some assembly is required.
L: 23.6" x W: 29.9" x H: 9"
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