On 7 March 2022 the official launch of the project to reconstruct the legendary Laté 28 aircraft took place!
Initiated by Toulouse Metropole and supported by L’Envol des Pionniers, this major project aims to rebuild an exact Laté 28 aircraft on the very site where it was built almost 100 years ago!
THE LATÉ-28, A BIT OF HISTORY
A 19-metre wingspan monoplane, commissioned in 1929, it is considered one of the first modern airliners.
Able to accommodate up to eight passengers, it is responsible for numerous exploits, smashing several speed records.
It was on board a Laté 28 that aviator Jean Mermoz first succeeded in crossing the South Atlantic with mail in 1930.
AN UNPRECEDENTED EDUCATIONAL PROJECT WITH THE ACADEMY OF TOULOUSE
12 Technological and Professional Lycées are embarking on the adventure.
The students will be supported by the Laté 28 Association, which will monitor the smooth running of the project and provide all the technical expertise for the construction of the aircraft.
This project provides an exceptional educational context for transmitting yesterday’s values and know-how with an eye to today’s technologies.
It also aims to promote the technological and professional sectors. It is part of the Year of Mechanics 2021-2022 led by the French Association of Mechanics and supported by l’Education Nationale.
Stages of the Project
- 2021-2022 : Project launch and organisation
- 2022-2023 : Production of wing and fuselage parts
- 2023-2024 : Assembly of the wing and fuselage structure
- 2024-2025 : Production of the tailplane, fins and landing gear parts
- 2025-2026 : Assembly of the various components
- 2026-2027 : Completion of the entire aircraft
FOLLOW THE PROJECT AT L’ENVOL DES PIONNIERS
To bring this reconstruction project to life for visitors, L’Envol des Pionniers is organising a number of mediations during special events.
The aircraft will be assembled in the Air France hangars, the former engine workshops, located opposite L’Envol des Pionniers.
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A project carried out in association with
With the support of the Cercle des machines volantes.
In partnership with
An event labelled Year of Mechanics 2021-2022