An F.B.A. Type S - centre section only - on exposition in the Hôtel des Invalides (Paris) [France, 1917-1918]
During the Great War continuous expositions were staged at the Hôtel des Invalides in Paris. These were mostly of German war booty (guns, cannons, aircraft etc.) but sometimes a few French aircraft were exposited.
In this case part of an F.B.A. [Franco-British Aviation] flying boat was exposited inside the Hôtel des Invalides. This is a model that entered service in November 1917. The Type S was a two-seat flying boat (pilot and observer / gunner). On the side of the flying hull is painted "F.B.A." No. 1191.S. Each individual airframe built had a unique production number. An order for 250 F.B.A. Type S flying boats (No.1000 - 1250) was placed by the French navy.
The Type S soldiered on after the war with the French navy and was struck off charge in 1923.
This exposited F.B.A. Type S featured only the centre section.