The only Laté 300 built was the head of a short series (just 7) of flying boats built by the legendary Latécoère company in the 1930s. A paired push-pull monoplane of rare elegance, the 300 set in late 1933 an international aviation non-stop record for seaplanes of 3,697 km /2,297 mi. Air France used it in their epic South Atlantic air mail route. Nicknamed the “Croix-du-Sud”, the 300 was lost during one of those crossings on Dec 7, 1936. Yep, 80 years ago today.
Its pilot was that French aviator named Jean Mermoz, and he didn’t like the 300.
A colossus in more than one sense.