02/28/2014. Remarks by Johan Visschedijk: "In January 1913 Frenchman Louis Schreck formed the Franco-British Aviation (FBA) company. Because FBA was financed with mainly British capital, the aircraft was registered at Charing Cross Road, London, UK, but the works were situated in the Paris region: Argenteuil, Juvisy and Vernon. After WW I the company was closed, when reopened in 1920, Schreck reformed the company into Hydravions Schreck-F.B.A. and continued to produce flying-boats. Moribund by 1932, it was acquired by Société des Avions Bernard in 1934, which itself failed in 1935.
Designed by chief engineer and technical director Emile Paumier, the 17 HT 4 was a four-seat liaison transport flying boat of wooden construction and powered by an 180 hp Hispano-Suiza 8Ad pusher engine. Produced in 1927 and registered F-AJOR, this example was operated from Évian-les-Bains at the shores of Lac Léman (Lake Geneva) between 1930 and 1939. In-between it changed ownership, new owner was Louis Dollfus, who donated the aircraft to the museum in 1966. Upon completion of the restoration of the aircraft it was put on display from 1998 on."