Perpetuating the memory and the works of the pioneers of aeronautics,
Latécoère Airlines and Aéropostale
“I have gone over all the calculations again,
they confirm the opinion of the experts:
Our project is unachievable.
The only thing we can do now is:
Non-profit foundation of public utility, established in 2004
The Latécoère Foundation aims to maintain the memory of Pierre-Georges Latécoère's works, such as the Latécoère aeronautical industry or the Latécoère Airlines, which became Aéropostale and then eventually turned into Air France.
Legendary pilots have been recruited by Latécoère, including Jean Mermoz, Henri Guillaumet and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The Latécoère Foundation also strives to maintain the memory of these pioneers and of all those who participated in this epic.
The Latécoère Foundation has collected archives containing aircraft plans, models and correspondence of Pierre-Georges Latécoère to ensure their preservation and to make them available to as many people as possible. Historians work alongside the Foundation and regularly publish books on the history of Aéropostale and its pioneers.
As was Pierre-Georges Latécoère's dream: air travel to connect people. The aeronautical adventure started by Pierre-Georges Latécoère is above all a magnificent human adventure, which the Latécoère Foundation wishes to make known to the world.
Promote actions supporting the memory and the work of aeronautics and its pioneers
Encourage educational, university or aeronautical institutions wishing to take the name of Latécoère
Perpetuate the spirit of enterprise, courage and self-improvement of the pioneers of the Latécoère Airlines and Aéropostale, such as Jean Mermoz, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and Henri Guillaumet
Promote cultural exchange between our country and the historical stages of the various countries crossed by the Latécoère Airlines
Award of a "Pierre-Georges Latécoère" prize in the context of events related to aviation and the Foundation's purpose
Organisation of and participation in exhibitions on the world of aeronautics and airmail
Maintain and classify the archives of the Latécoère family
Commission paintings, drawings and sculptures about the Latécoère aeronautical industry and Aéropostale
Promote the establishment of cultural and training centres on the stages of the Latécoère Airlines
Organise meetings to help communication between people: ski cups, conferences, aeronautical exhibitions, sale of handicrafts for the benefit of humanitarian associations
Support various humanitarian rallies and air raids
L'Envol des Pionniers
Museum located on the historic site of the Latécoère factories in Montaudran (Toulouse, France) telling the story of the Latécoère Airline and Aéropostale, and its many pioneers.
RECONSTRUCTION OF LATECOERE PLANES
1:1 Flying Latécoère 28
Reconstruction of a flying Latécoère 28, an emblematic aircraft of l'Aéropostale, by the Cercle des Machines Volantes (Compiègne, France).
HISTORICAL AIR RAIDS
Commemoration of the airlines linking Europe, Africa and South America. created by Pierre-Georges Latécoère in 1918. Supporting cultural and solidarity projects in the countries crossed by the Aéropostale pioneers.
AWARDING OF PRIZES
"Latécoère Explorer" Prize
The "Latécoère Explorer" prize is awarded by a committee of 8 explorers, including Bertrand PICCARD and led by Laurence de LA FERRIERE.