F.B.A. Type B

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F.B.A. Type B
RNAS FBA Type B Ministry of Information First World War Miscellaneous Collection Q33780.jpg
Role Flying Boat
Manufacturer F.B.A.
Introduction 4 Feb 1915 [1]
Primary users Roundel of the French Air Force before 1945.svg France
RAF Type A Roundel.svg U.K. (RNAS)
Imperial Russian Aviation Roundel.svg Russia
Number built >150 [1]
Developed from F.B.A. Type A
Engine 100hp Gnome rotary
Armament 37mm cannon or
front flexible Lewis
Crew 2
Max Speed 96 km/h (60 mph) [1]
Range 300 km (190 mi) [1]

The F.B.A. Type B was an enlarged version of the Type A with a more powerful 100hp Gnome engine and a redesigned tail. Over 150 were built and used by France and the RNAS. Thirty were purchased by Russia in 1914 and another 34 were built by Lebedev. As the war progressed, they proved vulnerable to attack by German seaplane-fighters, but some of them were still in service at the Armistice. [1]

For more information, see Wikipedia:FBA Type A.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Davilla, p.258.
  • Dr. James J. Davilla and Arthur M. Soltan. French Aircraft of the First World War. Flying Machines Press, 1997. ISBN 0-9637110-4-0.