S.P.A.D.  S.XIII  “Replica”

spad 140x81“The best ship I ever flew”, according to no less than American ace Eddie Rickenbacker, the “SPAD” was a French biplane fighter that became one of the most capable and most produced aircraft of WWI, requiring nine different companies to ensure production.
In the first six months after they got SPADs. Les Cigognes, the famous French Stork squadron, shot down more than two hundred aircraft, a feat unequalled in the war.
By the end of the war, the SPAD equipped 15 of 16 American Fighter Squadrons.  The SPAD on display was built in 2004, and is painted in the colors of Major Charles Biddle of the Lafayette Flying Corps and Escadrille 73.  It is a 75% scale replica.

Country: France

Manufacturer: Societe Pour L’Aviation et ses Derives

Engine: Hispano Suiza 8Be (Rotax 503 DC)

Horsepower: 220 hp

Max Speed: 135 mph

Weight: 1,863 lbs

Ceiling: 21,815 feet

Wing Span:27′ 1″

Crew: One

Fighter Factory operates and mainatins many WWII & WWI flying military aircraft including:

Fighters | Bombers | Trainers |Liaison & Other historical Military antiques

Spitfire | P-51 Mustang | Hawker Hurricane | TMB Avenger | P-40 Curtiss | PBY Catalina | FG-1D | SNJ-2 | T28-D | Corsair | Polikarpov PO-2 | Polikarpov I-15bis | Polikarpov I-16 Rata | Polikarpov I-163 | YAK | A-26 Invader | Junkers JU-52 | Sopwith Strutter | Tiger Moth DH-82A | SPAD SXIII | FM-2 Wildcat | Stearman N2S-3 | AD-4 Skyraider | Alabtros D.Va | Beechcraft T-34B | Bell P-63 | Bleriot X1 | Peashooter P26-D | Jungmeister 133C | Chipmunk DGC-1 | WACO YMF-5 | V1 Flying Bomb | Focke Wolfe FW-44J | Fokker Tri-Planes | Fokker Bi-Planes | Halberstadt | TG-4A | Russian LA-9 | Nieuport model 11 |

The above list is incomplete and we have more aircraft available at the museum


Fighter Factory – 1341 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 23457

About Us

Fighter Factory

is the restoration & maintenance & facility for the
Military Aviation Museum.

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The new hangar was recently built in April 2011 on the grounds of the Virginia Beach Airport adjacent to the Museum

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We employ a team of 15 highly skilled and experienced aviation technicians to ensure our aircraft remain safely in flight operational status. Meeting all FAA standards as required

Restoration Work

In addition to aircraft maintenance, Fighter Factory staff are also involved in much of the aircraft restoration projects, either on-site or at remote locations.

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Whenever new aircraft are acquired for the museum it is the responsibility of Fighter Factory staff to become technically proficient and knowledgeable in that particular aircraft. To ensure flight safety for pilots & ground crew

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