Before synchronized machine guns were available to the Allied forces, there were several attempts to design a plane which could fire forward. One of the more ingenious solutions was developed by the French firm Société Anonyme Pour l’Aviation et ses Dérivés.

The SPAD A.2 had a nacelle mounted in front of the propeller which held a gunner and a highly moveable machine gun. The nacelle incorporated vents to increase air flow over the engine and could be lowered for servicing the engine. A cage behind protected the gunner from the propeller.

Although the gunner had a clear field of fire, the configuration severely limited the pilot's view and made communication between crew members impossible.

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Country of Manufacture France
First Year of Service 1915
Wing Span 31.33 ft | 9.55 m
Length 23.9 ft | 7.3 m
Height 8.66 ft | 2.65 m
Weight 1618 lbs | 735 kg
Engine Le Rhone 9 cylinder air-cooled rotary engine, 80hp
Top Speed 95 mph | 153 km/h
Range 186 miles | 300 km
Armament 1 Lewis .303 machine gun
Crew 2


Technical Notes:
Made with Autodesk 3D Studio Max - Airplane not including background, 48812 vertices, 60948 faces - All aircraft insignia are modeled as part of the mesh.
Historical Notes:
The instruments in the cockpit are conjecture.