Franco-British Aviation

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Franco-British Aviation (usually known by its initials FBA) was an aircraft manufacturer of the early 20th century, headquartered in London and with its production facilities around Paris.[1] It was established in 1913 by Louis Schreck and André Beaumont and during World War I produced large numbers of small flying boats for the navies of France, Russia, Italy, and the UK.[2] Following the war, the company was reorganised as Hydravions Louis Schreck FBA as a purely French concern and continued building aircraft in the same class. One of these, the FBA 17, sold in quantity, but the company could not repeat its wartime successes and was on the verge of collapse when purchased by Bernard in 1935. By now, Bernard itself was none too healthy, and itself failed later that same year.



  1. ^ Gunston, Bill. World Encyclopedia of Aircraft Manufacturers: From the Pioneers to the Present Day. Stroud, Gloucestershire: Sutton Pub. (2nd ed.), 2005, ISBN 978-0-7509-3981-2.
  2. ^ Mondey, David. The International Encyclopedia of Aviation. New York: Crown, 1977, ISBN 978-0-517-53157-0, p. 220.