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Perpetuating the memory and the works of the pioneers of aeronautics,

Latécoère Airlines and Aéropostale

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“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:

Achieve it!”

Pierre-Georges Latécoère

Find out about the Foundation, its objectives and its actions
Learn about the foundation's cultural, educational and humanitarian projects
Learn more about the epic of the Latécoère and Aéropostale airlines
Photos and information on the legendary record-breaking Latécoère aircraft
History of the life of Pierre-Georges Latécoère, his career and his descendants

The Foundation

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.

Hydraviation Museum


Located on the mythical site of the former Latécoère base in Biscarrosse (France), the Musée de l'Hydraviation traces the history of the seaplane.

Reconstruction of Latécoère 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).

1:1 Latécoère 28


Construction of a non-flying full-scale replica of the legendary Latécoère 28 by the Laté 28 Association (Toulouse, France). Pierre-Elzéar Latécoère is proud to be its honorary president.

Historical Air Rallies

Raid Latécoère-Aéropostale


Historical Air Raid on the tracks of the airlines created by Pierre-Georges Latécoère. Supporting cultural and solidarity projects in the countries crossed . Pierre-Elzéar Latécoère is honoured to be the patron of the 2022 and 2023 editions.

Rallye Toulouse Saint-Louis


"Toulouse - Tarfaya - Saint-Louis" air rally created in 1983 on the historic route of the Latécoère and Aéropostale Airlines. With more than 10,000 km of route, this competition has become the largest regular air rally in the world.

Commemorative Associations

Les Ailes de Yoan


Participation in the Raid Latécoère-Aéropostale 2022 by a crew of Yoan's friends, whom they met at the Air France cadet pilot school, to honour his memory and realise his dream.

Les Amis de l'Envol des Pionniers


Association whose aim is to bring together the families of the pioneers of aeronautics. Pierre-Elzéar Latécoère is proud to be its honorary president.

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 Ferrière.

“Pierre-Georges Latécoère” Prize


The annual "Pierre-Georges Latécoère" prize is awarded by the Foundation Board to an aviation-related project that reflects the values of the Foundation.


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