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John Cyril Porte had been commissioned to obtain Curtiss flying boats for Admiralty use, and he was well aware of their strengths and shortcomings. When appointed commander of the RNAS Station at Felixstowe he began experimenting to remove their limitations. These experiments paid off with a set of handsome and capable flying boats.[1]

Production aircraft from the Great War or shortly thereafter include:


  1. Bruce, p.233
  • J.M. Bruce. British Aeroplanes 1914-18. Great Britain, Funk & Wagnalls, 1957, 1969. ISBN 0370000382