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Deperdussin

This 1914 postcard shows one solution to the challenge of arming an airplane. In this Deperdussin, the gunner stands, secured by a surrounding metal railing, in front of the pilot, his weapon a machine gun mounted to fire over the propeller directly before him. This model never flew in combat.
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[Card number] 88 Guerre de 1914. - Aero-mitrailleuse Deperdussin
Reproduction interdite LL. (IL.?)
Reverse: Carte Postale; ÉDIA Paris-Versailles
(88 War of 1914. - Aero-machine gun Deperdussin
Reproduction prohibited LL. (IL.?)
Reverse: postcard; EDIA Paris-Versailles

This 1914 postcard shows one solution to the challenge of arming an airplane. In this Deperdussin TT, the gunner stands, secured by a surrounding metal railing, in front of the pilot, his weapon a machine gun mounted to fire over the propeller directly before him. This model never flew in combat.

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[Card number] 88 Guerre de 1914. - Aero-mitrailleuse Deperdussin

Reproduction interdite LL. (IL.?)

Reverse: Carte Postale; ÉDIA Paris-Versailles

(88 War of 1914. - Aero-machine gun Deperdussin

Reproduction prohibited LL. (IL.?)

Reverse: postcard; EDIA Paris-Versailles

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Established in 1911 as Aéroplanes Deperdussin, the Société de Production des Aéroplanes Deperdussin went through bankruptcy and emerged as the Société Pour L'Aviation et ses Dérivés, the latter two company names both having the acronym S.P.A.D. The company is best known for its SPAD XIII, one of the best fighter aircraft of the war.

Deperdussin is an aircraft: reconnaisance plane.