Georges Levy 40 HB2
|Levy 40 HB2|
|Designer||Le Pen & Blanchard |
|Introduction||Nov 1917 |
|Primary users|| France|
|Number built||~100 |
|Wingspan||18.5 m (60 ft 8 in)|
|Engine||280hp Renault 12Fe|
|Armament||front flexible Lewis|
300 kg (660 lb) of bombs
|Max Speed||150 km/h (93 mph)[note 1][note 2]|
|Climb||1,800 m (6,000 ft) in 23:00|
2,000 m (6,560 ft) in 25:00
|Range||400 km (250 mi)|
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.
By 1918 it had become the standard in flying boats for the French Navy. It was the first flying boat to carry the new 79 kg (175 lb) anti-submarine bomb, a distinction it alone held for six months.
For more information, see Wikipedia:Georges Levy G.L.40.
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- Nowarra, p.132.
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- Dr. James J. Davilla and Arthur M. Soltan. French Aircraft of the First World War. Flying Machines Press, 1997. ISBN 0-9637110-4-0.
- Heinz J. Nowarra, Bruce Robertson, and Peter G. Cooksley. Marine Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Letchworth, Herts, England: Harleyford Publications Limited, 1966. ISBN 0900435070