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Latécoère Late 15



The first successful Latecoere design was the 1924 Late 15, the prototype being flown in 1924 and being followed by nine series aircraft. The Late 15 had a parasol wing spanning 18.00m and a lower stub wing, landing gear with twin-wheel main units, and power provided by two 230 hp / 194kW Lorraine 8-Bd engines. Accommodation comprised an open cockpit for the pilot, just forward of the wing leading edge, with a cabin for six passengers to the rear.

The Late 15s were operated on the Casablanca-Oran stage of the air routes flown by the Latecoere airline subsidiary. The Laté 15M were 5 a/c equipped with twin floats for the Alicante-Oran run. One Late 15 was temporarily redesignated Late 15H after float landing gear had been installed, but was soon restored to its original landplane configuration. The initial success of the Late 15 was shortlived as the aircraft was soon found to be underpowered.

Engines: 2 x 194kW Lorraine 8-B1
Max take-off weight: 3530 kg / 7782 lb
Empty weight: 1900 kg / 4189 lb
Wingspan: 18.00 m / 59 ft 1 in
Length: 11.85 m / 38 ft 11 in
Height: 3.82 m / 12 ft 6 in
Wing area: 56.48 sq.m / 607.95 sq ft
Max. speed: 180 km/h / 112 mph
Cruise speed: 151 km/h / 94 mph
Ceiling: 4500 m / 14750 ft
Range: 600 km / 373 miles


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