Late 298D

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Late 298D
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Description

The Late 298D was a French seaplane, designed as a torpedo bomber, which also took on the roles of a dive bomber and reconnaissance plane. In 1934, the French Navy was seeking replacement for the unsuccessful Laté 29 that had just entered service. The Latécoère 298 first flew on 6th May 1936. It was a single-engined monoplane powered by a Hispano Suiza 12Y liquid-cooled engine. Two large floats each containing a fuel tank were attached to the fuselage with struts. A single Type 1926DA torpedo could be carried between the floats or two 150 kg bombs or depth charges for anti-submarine duties. Offensive armament was made of two 7.5 mm Darne machine guns with one in each wing and one Darne on a flexible mount operated by observer. The Laté 298 entered service in 1938 with the French Navy Air Force. The Laté first saw action during the Battle of France where they were used in their maritime patrol aircraft role, although they never attacked any German ships. In the later phase of the war, they were used to attack armoured columns advancing through France with lower casualties than other types used. After the fall of France, the Vichy regime retained a few squadrons of the aircraft and used them mostly in Africa, while the Luftwaffe also used captured aircraft. After the Allied landings in Africa, the Laté was used by the Free French under Coastal Command in conjunction with Vickers Wellingtons for anti-submarine patrols. In 1944, they were used for the last time in combat during the liberation of France, attacking German shipping in the Channel. The last Laté 298 was retired in 1946, with some serving as trainers until 1950.

The Late 298D was introduced during Update "Apex Predators" as a reward for the 2022 Winter Quest event. The Late 298D can be used as a fighter as it boasts very good manoeuvrability compared to its contemporaries, however it should be noted that its speed leaves much to be desired, with almost every biplane being significantly faster. The plane itself can utilize boom and zoom tactics due to its very high structural limit of 450 km/h. The armament is quite weak with only two rifle calibre machine guns with only 500 rpg. The Late 298D can also be used to capture points in naval battles.

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 2 500 m295 km/h
Turn time22 s
Max altitude5 600 m
EngineHispano-Suiza 12Ycrs
TypeInline
Cooling systemWater
Take-off weight5 t
Characteristics Max speed
(km/h at 2,500 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 285 278 5600 23.0 23.9 3.7 3.7 400
Upgraded 306 295 21.1 22.0 7.0 5.2

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
450 550 450 450 320 ~10 ~7
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< ___ < ___ < ___ > ___

Survivability and armour

Crew2 people
Speed of destruction
Structural0 km/h
Gear550 km/h

Examine the survivability of the aircraft. Note how vulnerable the structure is and how secure the pilot is, whether the fuel tanks are armoured, etc. Describe the armour, if there is any, and also mention the vulnerability of other critical aircraft systems.

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB147 Sl icon.png
RB193 Sl icon.png
SB294 Sl icon.png
Crew training450 Sl icon.png
Experts3 000 Sl icon.png
Aces45 Ge icon.png
Research Aces220 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 20 / 40 / 80 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 100 / 100 / 100 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Fuselage repair
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Radiator
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Compressor
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Wings repair
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Engine
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Engine injection
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Airframe
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Cover
Mods ammo.png
7_5mm_belt_pack
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Mods pilon bomb.png
75 kg
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mle38_new_gun
Mods pilon bomb.png
150 kg
Mods ammo.png
7_5mm_turret_belt_pack
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1926DA
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Armaments

Offensive armament

Main article: Mle 33 (7.5 mm)

The Late 298D is armed with:

  • 2 x 7.5 mm Mle 33 machine guns, wing-mounted (500 rpg = 1,000 total)

Suspended armament

The Late 298D can be outfitted with the following ordnance presets:

  • Without load
  • 2 x 75 kg G2 Navale bombs (150 kg total)
  • 2 x 150 kg I2 Navale bombs (300 kg total)
  • 1 x 400 mm 1926DA torpedo

Defensive armament

Main article: Mle 33 (7.5 mm)

The Late 298D is defended by:

  • 1 x 7.5 mm Mle 33 machine gun, dorsal turret (825 rpg)

Usage in battles

Although classified as a light bomber, the Late 298D performs better as a fighter in air battles since the 2 x 150 kg I2 Navale bombs can only take out 3/4 of a base. Its torpedo doesn't come in handy because both air arcade and realistic maps rarely contain naval units.

The Late 298D can dogfight against multiple fighters at the same time and come out as the victor. The aircraft can out-turn its opponents with takeoff flaps, including biplanes. However, in dives, takeoff and landing flaps can generate so much lift that the aircraft starts to pitch up uncontrollably.

Its 2 x 7.5 mm machine guns are weak and require multiple rounds on target, but it can occasionally set planes ablaze. The dorsal turret machine gun is effective in engaging fighters behind the aircraft, since most planes at the BR are poorly armoured. Essentially, the Late 298D can both out-turn and engage enemy fighters from any position.

With the long awaited introduction of the French Navy in the patch "Sky Guardians", the value and utility of this aircraft in naval games has greatly increased with its ability to capture naval points and win matches. Make sure to include the Late 298D in all your naval line-ups.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Controllable
Not auto controlled
Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Controllable
Not auto controlled
Combined Not controllable
1 gear
Not controllable

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • 150 kg bombs are effective in taking out tanks in ground battles
  • Can turn on a dime with flaps, can even out-turn some biplanes
  • Can carry a torpedo, useful in naval games
  • Can land and capture points in naval games

Cons:

  • Slow speed means enemy planes can outrun you
  • The torpedo finds limited use in Air Mission arcade and realistic battles due to the lack of naval targets
  • A small hit to the engine or oil radiator means the aircraft has a very limited time to return to base before the engine overheats. Even AAA can cause this scenario to happen

History

Built as a successor to their earlier lacklustre Latécoère 290 torpedo bomber float plane, the new 298 outperformed its predecessor by wide margins and offered more capabilities. Not fast, its large wings did give it more manoeuvrability, aided by full-span flaps. Torpedoes and bombs were mounted in a semi-recessed bay (also called a "crutch"), and 2 fixed 7.5 mm machine guns plus 1 more defensive mount at the rear, a potent arsenal for 1938's warplanes.

Like most French aircraft, its missions changed, first against the Germans, then with the Germans after France surrendered, then reverting to helping the Allies liberate France after French Africa joined the Allies. It proved to be one of the more successful French war planes, being in service until 1951, with a handful existing for years later. Unfortunately, no surviving examples of this fantastic French aircraft exist today.

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See also

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

External links


Latécoère Aviation Company (Société Industrielle d'Aviation Latécoère)
Floatplanes  Late 298D

France bombers
Farman  F.222.2 · N.C.223.3
Latécoère  Late 298D
Potez  Potez 633
Liore et Olivier  LeO 451 early · LeO 451 late
Bloch  M.B.174A-3 · M.B.162 · M.B.175T
American  V-156-F · Martin 167-A3 · ▄A-35B · ▄SB2C-5 · B-26C · ▄PBY-5A Late · ▄PB4Y-2
British  Lancaster MR.7

France premium aircraft
Fighters  D.371 H.S.9 · Pallier's D.510 · ▄P-39Q-25 · ▄P-40F-5 Lafayette · ▄P-47D-22-RE · F-6C-10-NA
  M.B.152C1 · ▄Yak-3 · Challe's ▄Yak-9T · NC.900 · S.O.8000 Narval
Jet fighters  Milan · Mirage F1C-200
Strike aircraft  ▄AD-4NA · F-84F IAF
Bombers  Late 298D · ▄PBY-5A Late
Jet bombers  Vautour IIA IDF/AF · S.O.4050 Vautour IIN