Georges Levy 40 HB2

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Levy 40 HB2
F-CFBA in San Sebastian, 1920.jpg
Role Flying Boat
Manufacturer Levy-Besson
Designer Le Pen & Blanchard [1]
Introduction Nov 1917 [1]
Primary users Roundel of the French Air Force before 1945.svg France
US Army Air Roundel.svg U.S.A.
Number built ~100 [1]
Engine 280hp Renault 12Fe
Armament front flexible Lewis
300kg or bombs
Crew 2-3
Max Speed 150 km/h (93 mph) [2][note 1]
Climb 2000m in 25min [2]
Range 400 km (250 mi) [2]
Endurance 6:30 [2]

Avation Maritime's distrust of triplane flying boats such as the Levy-Besson "Alerte" led the firm to design a version with the more traditional biplane wings, the Georges Levy 40 HB2. ("HB2" probably stood for Hydravion Bombardement with a crew of two.). With a 280hp Renault engine, the plane had good performance and it could carry larger bombs than other French flying boats. It entered service in November 1917. One hundred were ordered in France, and twelve were used by the US Navy.

It was also known as the Georges Levy 300hp Renault, the G.L.300, and the Levy-Le-Pen. [1]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Georges Levy G.L.40.



  1. Some references give a speed of 185km/h.[2]
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Davilla, p.303.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Davilla, p.304.
  • Dr. James J. Davilla and Arthur M. Soltan. French Aircraft of the First World War. Flying Machines Press, 1997. ISBN 0-9637110-4-0.