F.B.A. Type S

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F.B.A. Type S
Role Flying Boat
Manufacturer F.B.A.
Designer M.L. Schreck & A. Beaumont[1]
Introduction Nov 1917 [2]
Primary user Roundel of the French Air Force before 1945.svg France
Roundel of Belgium.svg Belgium[1]
Wingspan 15.6 m (51 ft 2 in)[3]
Engine 200hp Hispano-Suiza 8Bb vee or
210hp Hispano-Suiza 8Dd vee
Armament front flexible MG
2×35–50 kg (77–110 lb) bombs
Crew 2-3[1]
Max Speed 142 km/h (88 mph)[2][3]
Climb 500 m (1,640 ft) in 2:30[2]
2,000 m (6,560 ft) in 16-18:00[2]
Ceiling 4,000 m (13,100 ft)[2]
Range 500 km (310 mi)[2]

When the 200hp Hispano-Suiza engine became available, F.B.A. naturally thought of using it on an improved version of the popular Type H, which resulted in the F.B.A. Type S. The wingspan was increased, the hull lengthened, and the tailplane was redesigned with the new engine in mind. A crew of two or three was carried, along with two 35-50kg bombs. It entered service in late 1917 and served through the Armistice. [2]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Nowarra, p.124.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Davilla, p.263.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Nowarra, pp.202-203.
  • 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