Seaplane Museum Biscarrosse

The Museum’s History

The Biscarrosse Seaplane Museum’s history

It was in 1930 that the history of seaplanes began in Biscarrosse: the engineer Pierre-George Latécoère decided to establish an aeronautical base destined to the assembly and flight tests of seaplanes. Ideally located, close to the Atlantic Ocean and the surrounding lakes, the Latécoère base offers multiple possibilities for seaplane landing.

 

Regular flights are increasing. Famous aviators, from Saint-Exupéry to Mermoz via Bonnot and Guillaumet, took off from the base and built the legend of seaplane transport... while leaving their mark on the city and the country forever.

 

Photo portrait de Pierre-Georges LATECOERE

A Museum that brings historical heritage to life

 

On the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the Latécoère base, Madame Marie-Paul Vié-Klaze and many former workers of the base have set up a commemorative exhibition. Numerous objects and documents were gathered to pay tribute to those who worked on the seaplane aviation’s creation and to bring back a part of history for the public ...

 

With the increasing enthusiasm and a strong desire to salute the importance of this heritage and to pay tribute to the actors of that time, the Mayor of Biscarrosse, Roger Ducom, decided to endorse the creation of a museum.

 

Built on the former Latécoère base, near Lake Biscarrosse-Parentis, the Seaplane Museum was created in 1982, at the same time as the Seaplane Museum's Friends Association.

 

F-BANT Musée de l'Hydraviation

The seaplane from 1910 to the present day

Since then, volunteers and enthusiasts have been bringing together the elements they have been able to gather such as collector’s items, photographs and historical documents, in order to retrace the history of the seaplane aviation from the first seaplane flight in 1910 to our contemporary seaplanes. 

 

Seaplanes were used to transport mail and then passengers, they fought in various wars and were then turned into a luxurious transport mode before becoming a weapon in the fight against fires: our municipal Museum labeled "Musée de France" offers you a unique dive into the golden age of seaplane aviation and transatlantic trips thanks to the commitment of volunteers and the generosity of patrons and sponsors concerned about the Biscarrosse's heritage !

 

The Museum's history in pictures

 

 

Pierre-Geroges Latéocère

Pierre-Geroges Latéocère

Collection Musée de l'Hydraviation - Origine Latécoère

Usine Latécoère

Usine Latécoère

Collection Musée de l'Hydraviation - Origine Cornell

Paulin Paris & cie devant le Laté 28

Paulin Paris & cie devant le Laté 28

Collection Musée de l'Hydraviation - Origine Paris

H.Guillaumet et P.Deley

H.Guillaumet et P.Deley

Collection Musée de l'Hydraviation - Origine Latécoère

Jean Mermoz

Jean Mermoz

Collection Musée de l'Hydraviation - Origine Latécoère

 Laté 300

Laté 300

Collection Musée de l'Hydraviation - Origine Cornell

Laté 521

Laté 521

Collection Musée de l'Hydraviation - Droits réservés

Les ouvriers de l'usine Latécoère

Les ouvriers de l'usine Latécoère

Collection Musée de l'Hydraviation - Origine Moine

Laté 631 - Biscarrosse

Laté 631 - Biscarrosse

Collection Musée de l'Hydraviation - Droits réservés

Hydrobase des Hourtiquets

Hydrobase des Hourtiquets

Collection Musée de l'Hydraviation - Droits réservés

Laté 631 des Hourtiquets

Laté 631 des Hourtiquets

Collection Musée de l'Hydraviation - Origine Delhorbe

Musée de l’Hydraviation
Musée de l’Hydraviation

Contact us

Seaplane Museum
332, rue Louis Breguet
40600 Biscarrosse
05 58 78 00 65
Opening HoursJanuary : closed all month
September - June : Tuesday to Sunday
from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. | closed Mondays
July - August: 7 days a week
from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Public holidays: contact us
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  • Ville de Biscarrosse
  • Qualité Tourisme
  • Ministère de la Culture
  • Association des Amis du Musée
  • Musée de France
  • Bisca Grands Lacs
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