Borel Floatplane

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Borel Floatplane
Role Seaplane
Manufacturer Borel
First flight 1911[1]-1912[2]
Primary users RAF Type A Roundel.svg U.K. (RNAS)
Roundel of the French Air Force before 1945.svg France
Number built >8 [2]
Wingspan 9.6 m (31 ft 6 in)[1]
Engine 80hp Gnome rotary
Armament none
Crew 2 [1]
Max Speed 90 km/h (56 mph)[1]

The Borel Floatplane was a pre-war monoplane seaplane design, with control by wing-warping. The French probably used them as trainers rather than operationally. One was purchased by Brazil in 1917.[1]

A pair of Borel floatplanes were ordered and tested by the RNAS in 1912 and 1913, and six more were ordered from Delacombe & Marechal. They were based in Leven and Cromarty in the north.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Davilla, pp.76-77.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Nowarra, p.127.
  • 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