Fabric, Aircraft, Spad XIII "Smith III"


Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

Arthur Raymond Brooks was a WWI American ace with 6 confirmed victories, and four unconfirmed. He named his airplanes after Smith College, the school his girlfriend attended to honor her without using her name. The third airplane he flew was a Spad XIII, serial number 15229, which Brooks named "Smith III". On September 14, 1918, Brooks alone engaged 8 enemy aircraft in "Smith III". Despite a damaged rudder and his Spad riddled with bullets, Brooks shot down two aircraft. For this act of heroism, Brooks was awarded the Distinguish Service Cross. This piece of fabric, bearing the name "Smith III", is from the Spad XIII Brooks flew in this battle. "Smith III" was too damaged to return to service after the battle. Brooks' fourth and final aircraft, Spad XIII "Smith IV", is on display in the museum.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Credit Line

Gift of Christopher M. Larson in honor of John August "Augie" Larson, 1st Sgt 3dCo 3dRgt ASM 99TH Aero Squadron. .


  • Fabric
  • Aircraft Dope
  • Paint


2-D - Unframed (H x W): 45.7 × 61.3cm (1 ft. 6 in. × 2 ft. 1/8 in.)

Physical Description

Fabric from Spad XIII aircraft, serial number 15229, flown by American ace Arthur Raymond Brooks while with the 22nd Aero Squadron, USAS. The nickname of his aircraft, "SMITH III", is painted on it in white. Some paint loss around the edges.



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