[WWI] SPAD 13 Internal fitting

Andy Bannister a.bann at ntlworld.com
Tue Apr 17 12:53:52 EDT 2007

Shane says:

> Why paint aluminium?
> Aside from camouflage, which is not relevant for internal 
> fittings, you'd do 
> nothing but add weight.

Rubbish. You may add a few ounces by painting internal fittings but I don't
think even in WWI they were that pedantic. Many contemporary pictures of
other French a/c such as Nieuports and Moranes show internal fittings to be
a dark colour, either painted, 'japanned' or perhaps anodised. The aircraft
may have had a short life expectancy but surely an effort would have still
been made to preserve the internal fittings since they were labour intensive
to manufacture but could easily be cannibalised from wrecked aircraft for


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