The French have organised their ganys into the Fleet de Volée. Like many other nations it grew from their navy. Unlike their main rivals across the English Channel, the French have more independant approach to training their flight crews. This has led to thoroughly competent gun handling.
Aerial torpedos have been more fully accepted within the Fleet de Volée than some others and it has been recognised that the tactical considerations of such are enhanced by fast, maneouverable vessels. It should be noted, however, that few French ganys mount killer guns, although sometimes a vessel will be equipped with a withering short-range broadside.
The large characteristic empennages of French vessels are responsible for their great maneuverability.
French main lift tanks are spherical and mounted along the keel, frequently visible, althought not vulnerable, from below. Their trim tanks are likewise spherical, and mounted one at each bow and quarter. Smokestacks are stepped or tapered, while the bow has a distinct 'ram' profile, with an occasional bowsprit at deck level. The stern fins are formed in a 'T', but it is common to have canards further forward, while the fan ducts have multiple outlets along the side of each one, for better maneouvering.
The French measure the caliber of their guns using the metric system, in millimeters (mm).
Gaston Dulet, École d’Aérien
Gravois, Board of Inquiry
Lisle, Board of Inquiry
Marius Moutet, commanding Philip II Augustus
Neville, Board of Inquiry
Francois Baston, commanding Montpellier
Jean DeGaul, commanding Olympus
Guisarm, commanding Intrépide
Montclair Dumont, commanding Pelletier
Gusrav Trelene "one-eyed-wonder" (merveille borgne?), commanding Ardent
Miller, chief gunnery officer on Intrépide
Dumont, assistant gunnery officer on Intrépide
Lefevre, torpedo officer on Intrépide
François Moreau, junior gunnery officer on Intrépide
Bechtel, gunnery on Intrépide