Flight, December 25, 1919.
SOME FRENCH MACHINES AT THE SHOW
Bleriot and Spad
Three very interesting Spad machines are exhibited, interesting because, while retaining the characteristics of the Spads built during the War, they are, as regards two of them, designed for sporting purposes, having low-powered engines and consequently reasonable cost and upkeep. The third machine is a three-seater, with the two passengers seated inside an enclosed cabin.
The third Spad - the three-seater limousine - is a development of the military type S 20, and carries the series number S 27. Like the other two machines shown, it has the general Spad characteristics, although the enclosed body alters its appearance somewhat. The pilot is placed in front, while the two passengers are seated side by side inside the cabin, looking out on the country over which the machine is flying through windows in the "sides of the fuselage. The engine fitted is a 300 h.p. Hispano-Suiza, which gives the machine a maximum speed of 143 m.p.h. The landing speed is about 65 m.p.h. The machine has an overall length of 24 ft., and a span of 32 ft. The weight of the Type S 27 is 1,870 lbs. empty and 2,770 lbs. fully loaded (pilot, two passengers and three hours' fuel).