An Illustrated History of World War 1 Aviation
1916 SPAD S-VII
SPAD S-VII-C1 Adj. George Ortoli, Escadrille SPA31, s/n 13, 1916.
SPAD S-VII-C1-Bleriot. 23-Sqn-RAF, s/n G-A8874, 1916.
The French Air Service replaced the Nieuport 17 with the SPAD S.VII. Although disadvantaged by poor forward and downward visibility from the cockpit, the SPAD S.VII was fast, durable and difficult to shoot down. It was a good performer, flown by nearly all the French aces. However it proved to be less successful in the hands of British, possibly due to the combat tactics employed by the pilots of the Royal Flying Corps. With 18 victories, Irish ace William Cochran-Patrick scored more victories with the SPAD S.VII and SPAD S.XIII than any other ace.