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#4404599 - 02/10/18 11:47 PM Anyone ever tear the wings off a Spad XIII?  
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Did a massive career purge and re-roll on multiple careers and for the first time I have a American career in August 1918 with a Spad XIII. Have flown the Spad VII in several British careers in the past but I never kept at it as I didn’t like the cockpit view...or lack of.

Never flown a Spad XIII before (that I recall) so, going by pilot accounts, I wondered:
Anyone ever tear the wings off a XIII in a dive?
Historical pilots never seemed to worry about it (or so they recorded) so I was wondering.

#4405398 - 02/16/18 01:38 AM Re: Anyone ever tear the wings off a Spad XIII? [Re: DukeIronHand]  
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I haven't flown SPADs much but they are robust! I've never pulled a wing off even after trying! Evidently the aileron crank mechanism added a measure of 'mass balance' to the ailerons. This is reported to be partly responsible for the wings not self destructing in high speed dives, i.e., aileron flutter initiating the process. Another factor is the two spar two bay strut design with attendant bracing. Even another is high rib count which add to structural integrity. There are other 'guesses' and reasons but I cannot remember them.

#4405399 - 02/16/18 01:41 AM Re: Anyone ever tear the wings off a Spad XIII? [Re: DukeIronHand]  
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Excellent!
Thank you sir. Nice to have that in my back pocket.
One never knows when a “get the hell outa Dodge” kinda dive will be needed.


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