Hubert Latham’s Flight Simulator
Barrel on board
“It runs, it flies, it swims. C'est un triomphe!”


Hubert Latham


Early Flight Simulator


Non-Newtonian Water


Increasing density


Balancing upon

Collected by

Warehouse 13







Date of Collection

April 4. 1986



Hubert Latham (10 January 1883 – 25 June 1912) was fascinated with the arrival of the aeroplane and immediately wanted to fly. He partnered with the short-lived Antoinette company run by his relative to start training. Several years of experience later, Latham began showing the French military challenges they could run to test rookie pilots. One exercise involved sitting inside a hollowed-out barrel resting on a universal joint, letting instructors turn the makeshift cabin while they wrestled with controls and balance.

A maverick for breaking speed and time records, Latham even piloted hands-free on occasion while on smoke break. His mettle seemed strong enough for an hour-long putt across the English Channel for a cool prize pot of $1000. Both test flights suffered from engine failure. The first plunked into the waters below, damaged but afloat. The second was totaled, although Latham had racked the first successful water landings.


Replicating his lucky survivals of not completely breaking apart on impact, the flight simulator turns its occupant into a quasi-water repellent. With applied pressure, water bounces off the user in droplets and sheets, leaving them bone dry. Larger impacts like a dive will cause surrounding water skin to cobble together into solid blocks and deflect off. Slow immersion on the other hand will just cause a normal soaking. Changes are based on force and not time. The range extends to anything they are in physical contact with.

As with Latham’s illustrious and weighted career, the user will begin gaining density. Water sprints away from them immediately, which worsens any sinking. They would theoretically be unable to drown as the evacuation of the surrounding water would only hover across their body. As long as they squirm to keep the waters churning, otherwise the flood would ebb back on them in a moment of calmness.

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