The Spartan Aircraft Company was an American aircraft manufacturing company founded in 1928 in by oil baron William G. Skelly in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Spartan built a number of different products before the closing its factories in 1961, including aircraft, aircraft components, and recreational vehicle trailers. Spartan was best known for the luxurious Spartan Executive aircraft produced in the late 1930s and early 1940s, made famous by such owners as Howard Hughes, Paul Getty and King Ghazi of Iraq. -

Spartan Executive 7W

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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. -

2 Spartan Executive 7W Taking Off, Gransden

The sound of 2 Spartan Executive 7W aircraft (NC17615 and NC17633) taking off prior to displaying at Little Gransden, recorded August 2009. At the time of recording, these were the only 2 examples of this type in the UK.

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Spartan Executive 7W Display

The sound of 2 Spartan Executive 7W aircraft (NC17615 and NC17633) displaying at Little Gransden, recorded August 2009.

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Spartan Executive 7w, July 2010

Spartan Executive 7w, July 2010. Recorded at an airshow at the Shuttleworth Collection.

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