Latecoere 38 (380)
|PASSENGER FLYING BOAT||Virtual Aircraft Museum / France / Latecoere|
The first prototype of the Late 38.0 parasol-wing flying-boat flew for the first time in 1930. Having established six world seaplane records in September 1931 - including three speed-with-load-over-distance and a closed circuit distance-with-load (2,208.42km) - it entered service with Aeropostale on the South Atlantic mail route. A second prototype followed.
Three Late 38.1 maritime-reconnaissance flying-boats were also produced in 1934, which entered service with Escadrille 3E3 at Saint-Raphael. Each Late 38.1 had three defensive positions, each armed with twin 7.62mm machine-guns. A bomb load of 300kg was carried on underwing racks.