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No. 12200. Levy-Biche LB 2 French Navy
Photograph from service historique de l’armée de l’air

Levy-Biche LB 2

11/30/2013. Remarks by Johan Visschedijk: "Designed by Jean Biche and built by Constructions Aéronautiques J. Levy, the LB 2 was a single-bay sesquiplane single-seat shipboard fighter featuring a boat-type watertight fuselage divided into a number of compartments. A jettisonable undercarriage was fitted and small stabilizing floats provided for use when alighting on water in an emergency.

Powered by a 330 hp Hispano-Suiza 8Se water-cooled engine and carrying an armament of two 0.303 in (7.7 mm) Vickers machineguns, the LB 2 was of wooden construction and was intended to operate from the carrier Béarn. The LB 2 was flown for the first time in 1927, and, in October of that year, with a twin-float undercarriage from Saint-Raphaël.

With the failure of the J. Levy company, the rights in the LB 2 design were transferred to the Etablissements P. Levasseur, which manufactured a series of 20 aircraft, designated LB 2 AMC1, during 1928-1929. These saw limited service aboard the Béarn and from shore bases.

Created November 30, 2013