Time to take a look at an expansion for Wings of Glory, and see what you get in a pack. This time we are looking at Guynemers SPAD S.VII for the French.
The SPAD S.VII was the first of a series of highly successful biplane fighter aircraft produced by Société Pour L'Aviation et ses Dérivés (SPAD) during the First World War.
Like its successors, the S.VII was renowned as a sturdy and rugged
aircraft with good climbing and diving characteristics. It was also a
stable gun platform, although pilots used to the more manoeuvrable Nieuport fighters found it heavy on the controls.
New tactics based on speed were developed to take advantage of the
SPAD's power, and to compensate for its lack of maneuverability. The
aircraft's capacity to dive safely up to 400 km/h (249 mph) permitted
the pilot to break from combat when the situation demanded it.
With early problems solved and production shared between several
manufacturers, the SPAD VII was finally available in large numbers at
the front in early 1917. By mid 1917, some 500 were in front-line
service, having largely replaced the Nieuport. It gained a reputation
for being stronger than its predecessors. Its principal shortcoming was
its one machine gun armament at a time when the opposing Albatros D.III fighters were equipped with two.
The SPAD VII was........
gradually replaced by the improved SPAD XIII
in front line units but remained in use as a trainer aircraft with
Aviation Militaire throughout the war and it remained as the standard
pilot certification test aircraft until 1928.
Georges Guynemer (24 December 1894 – 11 September 1917 missing) was a top fighter ace for France with 54 victories during World War I, and a French national hero at the time of his death.
Guynemer was lionized by the French press and became a national hero. The French government
encouraged the publicity to boost morale and take the people's minds
off the terrible losses in the trenches. Guynemer was embarrassed by the
attention, but his shyness only increased the public's appetite to know
everything about him. This was quite different later in 1918 with the
French top ace René Fonck,
who despite having 75 confirmed victories, had bad publicity for his
arrogance and shameless self-promotion. Guynemer's death was a profound
shock to France; nevertheless, he remained an icon for the duration of
the war. Only 22 at his death, he continued to inspire the nation with
his advice, "Until one has given all, one has given nothing."
so.... whats in this box??
well of course there is the plane itself, in Guynemers colours. The base and pegs, and the movement cards as well.
The SPAD is fast, but she is certainly not nimble, these are the tightest turns she can pull, so you will need to think ahead, but you do have the pace to pull away from most enemy planes.