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For the owner who seeks "INDIVIDUALITY" - Recognized in the airports of the world as the most distinguished of all private planes, the SPARTAN "Executive" is the fulfillment of everything the discriminating man looks for in personal transportation: the exciting beauty of thoroughbred design... the luxury of ultra smart custom-built interiors... the security of an all metal masterpiece equipped with every refinement that adds to performance and safety... flying ease that amazes even veteran airman! The more exacting your demands, the more you owe it to yourself to investigate the "Executive."


Welcome to the Spartan Executive page. Have you wondered how many of these vintage airplanes have survived the test of time? Who cares for these aviation treasures? What is their current condition? Where are they based? Here you will find pictures of the Spartan Seven series and a brief history of each aircraft. If you can provide more information and pictures please email us.

Special thanks to Roger Cain, Kevin Gray, Brian Marshall, Chet Peek, Jim Savage, William Parrish, Russell Williams and the owners who have supplied information and photos. For more reading on the Spartan see the book THE SPARTAN STORY by Chet Peek.

7X-1, NC13984 - The first Spartan prototype “Standard Seven.”

7P-1, NX13986 - Photo recon version built for the Chinese

7W-1, NC13992 - The first production 7W. Built 12/15/1935. Exported to Mexico, then supposedly sent to Spain for use in their civil war.

7W-2, NC13993 - Built 11/30/1936. First sold to A.D. Olson Drilling Co. of OK. Was impressed into USAAF service from 1942-44. The only Executive with stick controls. Sitting and not flown. On static display at Pioneer Airport, Oshkosh, WI - this is not the original Mrs. Mennen (S/N 34 is the real one) but is painted as Mrs. Mennen.

7W-3, NC13994 (X-ABEW) - Built 12/15/1936. Exported to Mexico. Fate unknown.

7W-4, NC13997 (X-ABEX) - Built 3/21/1937. Exported to Mexico. Fate unknown.

7W-5, NC13998 (X-ACFX) - Built 4/15/1937. Exported to Mexico. Fate unknown.

7W-6, NC17601 (N2LL) - Built 4/30/1937. First sold to Lee Drilling Co. of OK. Registered to Okeefe family in Washington state. Recent reports indicate is maintained in flying condition.

7W-7, NC17602 - Built 5/30/1937. Originally sold/loaned for use in President Roosevelt's 1937 Infantile Paralysis campaign, named "New Hope." Later sold to Claude Drilling Co. of OK. Crashed landed in Alaska 1944. Stored outside for many years at museum in Anchorage. Moved to inside storage.

7W-8, NC17603 (X-BBAX) - Built 8/7/1938. Flew with United Sugar Co. in Mexico. Crash in Mexico. Remains recovered for possible future rebuild.

7W-9, NC17604 - Built 7/24/1937. Sold to Lucey Products Co. of OK. Used in 1940 for RAF training in Lancaster, CA. Later transferred to UK and used in RAF Ferry Command. At some point carried registration in Royal Canadian Air Force S/N KD100. One source notes salvaged for parts March 1952.

7W-10, NC17605 - Built 11/1/1937. Remained in company inventory for over a year then sold to Bodine Drilling Co. of KS. Flown by Arlene Davis in 1939 Bendix Trophy at 196 MPH! AAF serial number 42-68361 worn during war time service. Registered to James Turrell, Flagstaff, Arizona.

7W-11, N20200 - Built 9/7/1937. Sold to Halliburton in Duncan, OK. AAF serial number 42-43846 worn during war time service. Owned and flown by Steve Marini of California. Beautifully restored. Visit for more photos!

7W-12, NC17613 - Built 11/15/1937. Sold first to American Manufacturing Co. of TX. AAF serial number 42-38265 worn during war time service. Long time owner John Venaleck. Sold at auction Summer 2012. Currently registered to Sterling Aviation, Lexington, Kentucky.  Flown regularly and displayed at Oshkosh the last few years.

7W-13, NC13PH (NC17614) - Built 11/14/1937. First sold to Standard Oil Co. of OH. AAF serial number 42-38269 worn during war time service. Registered to Thomas Hartness of Greenville, SC. Visit this site for photos of the recent restoration.  Flying again 2012. (Rob Traynham photo)

7W-14, NC17615 (N49075, 111PB, N22PJ) - Built 2/15/1938. Retained by the factory until purchased by A.J. Olson in 1940. Seen in John Wayne movie "Overland Stage Raiders."  AAF serial number 42-38368 worn during war time service. Previously owned by James Patterson of Louisville, KY. Restored (in 1995) to grey/grey trim paint scheme. Sold in 2008 to Nigel Pickard, registered to Aircraft Preservation. Based in England (also owns s/n 21).

7W-15, NC17616 (NC236, N836) - Built 3/30/1938. Sold to Condor Petroleum Co. in TX. Reportedly flown by a number of famous pilots, including Howard Hughes. Flown by the CAA in 1943 in the Washington D.C. area. AAF serial number 42-57515 worn during war time service. Was restored by Ken and Lorraine Morris of Poplar Grove, Illinois.  Current owner listed as Redman Co. based in Nye, Montana. Listed for sale as of early 2016.

7W-16, N17617 - Built 4/30/1938. Sold to Seismograph Service Co. in OK. Later flown in California at the Polaris Flight Academy. Then transfer to Royal Canadian Air Force S/N KD101 based in Dorval. Registered to Triple C Aviation in Scottsdale, AZ.

7W-17, NC17634 (NC17630, KD102, N1MJ, NC17667) - Built 2/22/1939. Initially sold to Claude Drilling Co. of OK. Flown with the RAF in Canada as KD102 during the war years. Subsequently owned by Texaco (10 years), Malcolm Jacobs (32 years), Lone Star Flight Museum (5 years), and Champions Aero Service (17 years).  Current owners are Jim and Anita Savage based in Butler, PA. Flown on a regular basis and on display at Oshkosh the last couple years.

7W-18, N4444 (NC17631, N3LL) - Built 3/22/1939. AAF serial number 42-38267 worn during war time service. Owned by John Cournoyer based in St. Louis. Under long term restoration to fly. Recent reports say restoration is now active again in 2015.

7W-19, no US registration - Built 5/8/1939. First sold to King Ghazi of Iraq (YI-SOF) as the "Eagle of Iraq." Impressed into Royal Air Force as S/N AX666 - became training aid in 1941 after bad landing at Montrose, Scotland.

7W-20, NC17632 - Built 4/21/1939. First sold to Wynn-Crosby Drilling Co. of TX. Wrecked and burned at Mooresville, SC in 1942. AAF serial number 42-57514 worn during war time service.

7W-21, NC17633 - Built 7/29/1939. First sold to Red Rock Glycerin Co. of TX. Named "The Rocket." AAF serial number 42-38367 worn during war time service. Owned by for many years by Colgate Darden. Summer 2008 flown to new owner, Nigel Pickard (Registered to Aircraft Preservation) in England (also owns s/n 14).

7W-22, NC17659 - Built 2/23/1940. First sold to Standard Oil Company of Ohio. Later damaged and burned when engine failed during take-off at Hawthorne, CA in 1974. Then fully restored by same owners in California. Owned by Edgar Newberg of Hector, MN and based in AZ.

7W-23, NC17661 (NC58300) - Built 2/7/1940. First sold to J.I. Roberts Drilling Co. of LA. Later sold to Texas Pipeline Co. for survey work. Crashed October 1946. AAF serial number 42-78037 worn during war time service.

7W-24, NC17655 - Built 8/24/1939. First sold to Thompson Management of NY. Later sold to Frontier Fuel Oil Co. Crashed April 1952. AAF serial number 42-38268 worn during war time service.

7W-25, N47W (NC17656) - Built 10/31/1939. First sold to Luziers of MS. AAF serial number 42-38288 worn during war time service. Owned and flown by Paul Mantz from 1945-1950.  Registered to Spartan LLC, owned by Lawrence Smith of Collinsville, Connecticut. Down for extensive maintenance in 2014. Returned to flight worthy status 2015 and listed for sale. (Older photo)

7W-26, N5053 (NC17657, N46481) - Built 11/2/1939. First sold to Iowa newspaper, the Des Moines Register and Tribune. Named "Good News VII." AAF serial number 42-38266 worn during war time service. Currently owned and flown by Bobby Lett of Dallas. Visit the web site for 5053 here.

7W-27, NC17658 - Built 12/14/1939. First sold to Thompson Equipment in 1940. Owned Duncan family, Athol, Idaho. Rumored to be for sale. Not sure of flight status.

7W-28, NC17662 - Built 3/7/1940. Kept by Spartan as company transport until 1968. Currently owned by Ron Tarrson of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Restored in 2004-2005. Repairs made after landing incident and now flying again in 2013. On display at Oshkosh 2013.

7W-29, NC17663 - Built 3/26/1940. First sold to Corning Glass Works of NY. Crashed near Harrisburg, PA in 1942.

7W-30, NC17664 (N97DC) - Built 4/24/1940. First sold to aircraft dealer. AAF serial number 42-38369 worn during war time service. Currently owned and flown by Burton Bucher of Waukegan, Illinois. Painted in Texaco colors.

7W-31, NC17665 (NC46426) - Built 5/17/1940. First sold to B.K. Douglas of NY. AAF serial number 42-38287 worn during war time service. Currently owned and flown by Gigi Brisson in California.

7W-32, NC17666 - Built 6/12/1940. First sold to VTC Airlines in Kentucky. Destroyed by fire April 1949.

7W-33, NC17667 - Built 7/10/1940. First sold to Standard Oil Co. of OH. Wrecked October 1942. AAF serial number 42-38286 worn during war time service.

7W-34, N34SE (NC17668, N668MD, N1667D) - Built 9/9/1940. Last Executive built. First sold to Texaco in 1940 for use in NY area. Flown as Mrs. Mennen twice in its life when owned by the Mennen family. Recently repainted in dark green trim. Currently owned by Sierra Aviation. Listed for sale.

NX21962 - Related to the Executive is the Spartan Model 12. Restored and static with museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Related to the Executive is the "Zeus." Designed as a two-plane attack bomber.