Levy-Besson "High Seas" Flying Boat

The "High Seas" category of flying boat was for a large, four-man flying boat with radio, long range, and cannon armament, in the same class as the Curtiss H-12 and Felixstowe F.2a. The Levy-Besson "High Seas" Flying Boat was accepted by Aviation Maritime and two hundred were ordered, but only a few were completed before the Armistice and the rest of the order was cancelled. [1]

Levy-Besson "High Seas"
Role Flying Boat
Manufacturer Levy-Besson
Introduction late 1918
Primary user Roundel of the French Air Force before 1945.svg France
Number built a few [1]
Engine 3×350hp Lorraine or
3×350hp Panhard
Crew 5
Max Speed 155 km/h (96 mph)[1]
Range 1,800 km (1,100 mi)[1][2]
Endurance 3-12 hours [1] or 4:00[2]

The large plane had folding wings. Production delays limited its numbers greatly.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Davilla, p.303.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Nowarra, p.126.
  • 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