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Spartan Executive 7W
Type Personal luxury transport
Manufacturer Spartan Aircraft Company
Designed by Spartan Aircraft Company
Maiden flight March 8, 1936
Introduced 1936
Status Out of Production
Produced 1936 - 1940
Number built 34
Unit cost $23,500 USD
Variants Spartan Zeus 8W

The United States Spartan Executive Model 7W was the most popular and well-known aircraft produced by the Spartan Aircraft Company during the late 1930s and early 1940s. Designed for a wealthy clientele, the Model 7W was produced with a number of trend-setting features, gaining considerable attention from the world's wealthiest individuals.



Designed for comfort, the interior of the 7W was large and spacious featuring 18 inches of slide-back seat room for front-seat passengers, arm rests, ash trays, dome lighting, deep cushions, cabin heaters, ventilators, extensive soundproofing, large windows, and interior access to the 100lb-capacity luggage compartment. Built during the Great Depression, the Executive 7W was the brainchild of company-founder William G. Skelly of Skelly Oil, who desired a fast, comfortable aircraft to support his tastes and those of his rich oil-executive colleagues. Unlike many pre-World War II aircraft, the Spartan Executive 7W was popular enough to see design replications continue well into the post-World War II period of aviation.[1]

Notable owners

Especially remarkable was the aircraft's popularity given the low production number built - a mere 34. Notable owners of Executive 7Ws included aircraft designer and aviator Howard Hughes, J. Paul Getty, and [ing Ghazi of Iraq. King Ghazi's Spartan Executive was designated "Eagle of Iraq" and was specially outfitted with his Coat of Arms, an extra-luxurious interior, and many additional customized features.[2]



General characteristics

  • Crew: one, pilot
  • Capacity: 3 or 4 passengers
  • Length: 26 ft 10 in (8.18 m)
  • Wingspan: 39 ft 0 in (11.89 m)
  • Height: 8 ft 0 in (2.44 m)
  • Wing area: 250 ft² (23.23 m²)
  • Empty weight: 3,400 lb (1,545 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 5,000 lb (2,272 kg)
  • Powerplant:Pratt & Whitney R-985-AN3 9-cylinder air-cooled radial engine, 450 hp (336 kW)
  • * Fuel capacity: 112 US Gal. (432.9 Liters)



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