Besson MB.26

The Beeson MB.26 was a French sesquiplane floatplane designed by Marcel Besson as a shipborne two-seat reconnaissance aircraft for the French Navy, but it was not ordered into production.[1]

Role Reconnaissance or fighter floatplane
National origin France
Manufacturer Besson
Designer Marcel Besson
First flight 1925

Design and development

The MB.26 was a W-strut wing braced sesquiplane, the upper wing was attached at the top of the fuselage and the lower was below the fuselage.[1] It had one main float under the lower wing and two stabilizing floats on the wingtips.[1] This HB.2 variant was followed by a modified C.2 configuration to turn it into a two-seat fighter seaplane.[1] The C.2 had a new round-sided fuselage, the HB.2 had a slab-sided fuselage, and a new tailplane.[1] Neither variant was ordered or entered production.[1]


MB.26 HB.2
Two-seat reconnaissance seaplane variant.[1]
MB.26 C.2
Two-seat fighter seaplane variant.[1]



Specifications (HB.2)

Data from [1] The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 12.10 m (39 ft 8¼ in)
  • Wingspan: 15.00 m (49 ft 2½ in)
  • Height: 3.70 m (12 ft 1¼ in)
  • Wing area: 52.00 m2 (559.74 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 1665 kg (3671 lb)
  • Gross weight: 2415 kg (5324 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Lorraine 12Db inline piston engine, 298 kW (400 hp)


  • Maximum speed: 180 km/h (112 mph)
  • Service ceiling: 5200 m (17060 ft)


  • One fixed forward-firing 7.7mm (0.303in) machine-gun
  • Twin 7.7mm (0.303in) machine-guns on ring-mount at observers cockpit

See also

Related lists



  1. Orbis 1985, p. 656


  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing.
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