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  • Latecoere 298 Torpedo Bomber Floatplane

    Even the pinnacle of French seaplane design - the Latecoere 298 series - could do little to stem the tide of the German invasion of France in World War 2.

     Updated: 5/1/2015; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.MilitaryFactory.com

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    Latecoere 298D Technical Specifications

    Service Year: 1938
    Type: Torpedo Bomber Floatplane
    National Origin: France
    Manufacturer(s): Latecoere - France
    Production Total: 121

    Structural (Crew Space, Dimensions and Weights)

    Operating Crew: 3
    Length: 41.21 feet (12.56 meters)
    Width: 50.85 feet (15.50 meters)
    Height: 17.22 feet (5.25 meters)

    Weight (Empty): 6,614 lb (3,000 kg)
    Weight (MTOW): 10,582 lb (4,800 kg)

    Installed Power and Standard Day Performance

    Engine(s): 1 x Hispano-Suiza 12Ycrs liquid-cooled V12 engine developing 880 horsepower.

    Maximum Speed: 186 mph (300 kph; 162 knots)
    Maximum Range: 932 miles (1,500 km)
    Service Ceiling: 20,997 feet (6,400 meters; 3.98 miles)

    Armament / Mission Payload

    3 x 7.5mm Darne machine guns

    Up to 1,500lbs of conventional drop bombs or 1 x torpedo.

    Global Operators / Customers

    France; Nazi Germany

    Model Variants (Including Prototypes)

    Late 298 - Base Series Designation

    Late 298A

    Late 298B

    Late 298D

    Late 298E

    Late 299