FBA 19

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Type 19
Role Flying boat bomber
Manufacturer FBA
First flight 24 August 1924
Number built 10

The FBA 19 was a flying boat bomber developed in France in 1924 by Franco-British Aviation.


Similar in configuration to FBA's wartime designs, it was a conventional biplane flying boat with open cockpits for the three crewmembers. Unlike the firm's earlier designs, however, the engine was mounted tractor-fashion in a streamlined nacelle mounted in the interplane gap.

Operational History[edit]

The prototype set a world altitude record for its class with a 500 kg payload, but despite this performance, the French Navy did not order it, either in its original form or when it was offered as an amphibian. Another version was built as a commercial transport, but only one machine was sold (to Air Union).


  • HB 2 (Hydravion de Bombardement) - 2-seat bomber
  • HMB 2 (Hydravion Mixte de Bombardement) - 2-seat amphibian bomber
  • HMT 3 (Hydravion Mixte de Transport) - 3-seat amphibian transport



Specifications (HB 2)[edit]

General characteristics

  • Crew: two
  • Length: 9.85 m (32 ft 4 in)
  • Wingspan: 14.40 m (47 ft 3 in)
  • Height: 3.80 m (12 ft 6 in)
  • Wing area: 45.7 m2 (492 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 1,300 kg (2,870 lb)
  • Gross weight: 1,860 kg (4,100 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Hispano-Suiza 8Fb, 224 kW (300 hp)


  • Maximum speed: 184 km/h (114 mph)
  • Range: 400 km (250 miles)
  • Service ceiling: 6,000 m (19,700 ft)

See also[edit]

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