F.B.A. Type C

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F.B.A. Type C
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Role Flying Boat
Manufacturer F.B.A.
First flight 1915
Introduction 1916
Primary users Roundel of the French Air Force before 1945.svg France
ItalianRoundelGreen.png Italy
Imperial Russian Aviation Roundel.svg Russia
Developed from F.B.A. Type B
Wingspan 13.7 m (45 ft)[1][2]
Engine 130hp Clerget 9B rotary
Armament front flexible MG and
2×11kg bombs
Crew 2
Max Speed 110 km/h (68 mph)[3][4][1][2]
Climb 2,000 m (6,560 ft) in 20:00[1]-25:00[3]
Ceiling ~3,500 m (11,500 ft)[4][2]
Range 300 km (190 mi)[4][2] to
320 km (200 mi)[3]
Endurance 2:45 [3]

The F.B.A. Type C was basically a Type B with an improved 130hp Clerget engine. The type saw extensive use for anti-submarine patrol and served until it was replaced in Aviation Maritime by the improved F.B.A. Type H. Italy produced the Type C under license and Russia purchased thirty and built another thirty-four at Lebedev. [3]

For more information, see Wikipedia:FBA Type A.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Nowarra, pp.202-203.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Angelucci, p.88.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Davilla, p.259.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Munson, p.89.
  • Enzo Angelucci, ed. The Rand McNally Encyclopedia of Military Aircraft, 1914-1980. New York: The Military Press, 1983 edition. ISBN 0-517-41021-4.
  • Dr. James J. Davilla and Arthur M. Soltan. French Aircraft of the First World War. Flying Machines Press, 1997. ISBN 0-9637110-4-0.
  • Kenneth Munson, Bombers: Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft, 1914-1919. New York: The MacMillan Company, 1968, Blandford Press Ltd. ISBN 978-0753721711
  • 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