Latécoère 521 Lieutenant de Vaisseau Paris (France)

Aircraft such as this Latécoère 521 (France) represent the desire of the world powers in the 1930s to showcase their political, economic, and technological prowess with transoceanic airline service. Much like the capability to launch satellites today, successful demonstrations of overseas airline service provided nations with considerable domestic and international prestige. 

Caption:
This "one-off" record-setting airliner showcased French engineering expertise on a range of transatlantic flights in the late 1930s.
Type: Photograph
Image Date: August 31, 1938
Credit: National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Origin: National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
NASM XRA-4725
 
This "one-off" record-setting airliner showcased French engineering expertise on a range of transatlantic flights in the late 1930s.