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Latecoere 298 - France, 1938

Detailing the development and operational history of the Latecoere 298 Torpedo Bomber Floatplane.

 Entry last updated on 5/1/2015; Authored by Staff Writer; Content ¬©

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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.

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Latecoere 298D Specifications

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

Structural (Crew, Dimensions, Weights)

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

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

Power / Performance (Engine Type, Top Speed)

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

Maximum Speed: 162 knots (186 mph; 300 kph)
Maximum Range: 810 nautical miles (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, Users)

France; Nazi Germany

Model Variants

Late 298 - Base Series Designation
Late 298A
Late 298B
Late 298D
Late 298E
Late 299

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