Latécoère 521: Mis à l’eau.

The one-off “Lieutenant de Vaisseau Paris” was a huge French flying boat first flown in 1935. All in all an utterly French design with the usual “peculiar” fuselage shape and a six-engined (860hp Hispano-Suiza 12Ybrs) configuration: four inboard engines mounted as tandem push-pull pairs and a pair the single outboard tractors. This record-setting boat showcased French engineering expertise on a range of transatlantic flights during the late 1930s. A few similar models, both civilian and military, followed. The Laté 521 saw a little service with the French Navy during WW2. It was destroyed by the retreating Germans in 1944.

Incredible painting. Géo Ham glorious, as usual.

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