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France's Latécoère Laté 298 floatplane, torpedo / reconnaissance, bomber

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Latécoère Laté 298 floatplane:
Latécoère Laté 298 floatplane
Aeronautics Aircraft Spotters' Handbook

Latécoère Laté 298 floatplane:
Latécoère Laté 298 floatplane
Aeronautics Aircraft Spotters' Handbook

Design

The Latécoère Laté 298 was designed to be a torpedo bomber, dive bomber, level bomber, reconnaissance, and patrol.1,2 The Laté 298 was first designed in 1935.2

The Laté 298 was constructed from all metal.1,2 There were two floats that were attached to the low wings and fuselage.2

Engine

The engine had radiators located under the wings on the side of the fuselage.3

Armament

The torpedo was carried slightly recessed into the fuselage just behind the propeller disk.1,2 Bombs could also be placed in the fuselage for use.2

Prototype

The Laté 298.01 prototype first flew on May 8, 1936.1,2

Production

  • Latécoère Laté 298A, Latécoère Laté 298B, Latécoère Laté 298D: ~1101
  • Latécoère Laté 298F: 301
  • Total: 2002
    • Manufacturer: Latécoère2
    • Production: 1937 - ?2

Variants

  • Latécoère Laté 298.01: Prototype.1
  • Latécoère Laté 298A: Cockpit canopy was revised.1 Fixed wings.1
  • Latécoère Laté 298B: To be used from seaplane carriers.1 Folding wings.1 Dual controls.1
  • Latécoère Laté 298C: Only a project.1
  • Latécoère Laté 298D: Dual controls.1 Fixed wings.1
  • Latécoère Laté 298E: Single Laté 298D converted.1 Used for observation and coastal patrol.1 The bomb mounts and torpedo crutch were replaced by a observation gondola.1
  • Latécoère Laté 298F: Built by Breguet for Germany.1 Like the Laté 298D but without dual controls.1

Usage

The Laté 298 was used by France, Germany, and Vichy France.1

The Latécoère Laté 298 entered service with the French Navy in February 1939.1

World War II

At the start of World War II there were four Escadrilles that were equipped with the Latécoère Laté 298.1

Battle of France

During the Battle of France the Laté 298s were used mostly as ground attackers.1 They were also used against the Italians in southern France and the Mediterranean.1

RAF Use

The Royal Air Force (RAF) had one unit equipped with the Laté 298s that were used in antisubmarine patrols.2

Free French

The Free French used the Laté 298s from West Africa and the Mediterranean.1 Sometimes being used against U-boats.1

Later the Laté 298s were used against Germany coastal installations.1

After World War II

After World War II a few Laté 298s remained in service until 1951.2

Specifications

  Latécoère Laté 298
Type Bomber2, Torpedo floatplane1,3, Reconnaissance floatplane1
Crew 2 - 32, 31
Engine (Type) 1: Hispano-Suiza3
1: Hispano-Suiza 12Ycrs-11,2
Cylinders V 121,2
Cooling Liquid2,3
Net HP 8801,2,3
Propeller blades 31
Dimensions  
Span 50' 10"2,3, 50' 10.25"1
15.5 m1
Length 41' 2"2,3, 41' 2.5"1
12.56 m1
Height 16' 10"2, 17'3, 17' 1.25"1
15.21 m1
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty  
Loaded 9,900 lb3, 9,960 lb2
Performance  
Speed 190 mph3
Speed @ 6,560' /
2,000 m
186 mph2
Cruising speed  
Climb  
Service ceiling 19,685'2
Range 900 miles3, 932 miles2
Maximum range  
Armament 3: MG2
Wings 2: 7.5 mm MG1
2: MG3
Rear cockpit 1: 7.5 mm MG1
1: MG3
Nose 1: Cannon3
Bombs 1,477 lb2
Torpedo 1: 1,477 lb1
1: 700 kg1
OR  
Bombs or depth charges 1,102 lb1
500 kg1
  Latécoère Laté 298D
Type Torpedo floatplane1, Reconnaissance floatplane1
Crew 41
Engine (Type)  
Cylinders  
Cooling  
Net HP  
Propeller blades  
Dimensions  
Span  
Length  
Height  
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty 6,770 lb1
3,071 kg1
Loaded 10,582 lb1
4,800 kg1
Performance  
Speed  
Speed @ 6,560' /
2,000 m
180 mph1
290 kph1
Cruising speed 149 mph1
240 kph1
Climb to 4,920' /
1,500 m
5.7 minutes1
Service ceiling 16,732'1
5,100 m1
Range 621 miles1
1,000 km1
Maximum range 1,367 miles1
2,200 km1
Armament  

Sources:

  1. Aircraft of WWII, Stewart Wilson, 1998
  2. World War II Airplanes Volume 1, Enzo Angelucci, Paolo Matricardi, 1976
  3. Aeronautics Aircraft Spotters' Handbook, Ensign L. C. Guthman, 1943
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