PIERRE BREGERIE COLLECTION
No. 9407. Levasseur PL 8 "L'Oiseau Blanc" (White Dove)
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Levasseur PL 8

11/30/2009. This aircraft was designed for the attempt to fly from Paris, France, to New York, USA, non-stop for the first time, crewed by Charles Nungesser and François Coli. It was converted from a tri-place PL 4 observation aircraft of the Aéronautique Navale and was fitted with a 450 hp Lorraine-Dietrich twelve-cylinder water-cooled W-engine.

Featuring a watertight fuselage, the landing gear was released after departure from Le Bourget, Paris, early morning May 8, 1927, and the aircraft would make a water-landing upon arrival at New York, unfortunately the aircraft never arrived. Despite reports of aircraft remains found in Newfoundland, Canada, and Maine, USA, the fate of the crew and aircraft remains undetermined.

Read the very detailed story about the aircraft and its crew at TIGHAR.

Created November 30, 2009