|First flight||January 28, 1935|
|Developed from||Potez 54|
The prototype of the Potez 62 made its maiden flight on January 28 1935. The aircraft had been developed from the Potez 54 bomber and was constructed as a high-wing monoplane.
The wooden fuselage had a composite coating, whereas the wings were covered with fabric and the leading edge was made out of metal. The aircraft was propelled by two Gnôme & Rhône radial engines whose 14 cylinders produced some 870 hp. The engines were mounted in two side cradles, fixed to the fuselage and to the wings.
The cabin was divided into two compartments and could accommodate 14 to 16 people. A version equipped with Hispano-Suiza V-engines was ordered by Air France in 1936. These were used on routes inside South America. By late 1936, many Potez 62s were employed on routes to Europe and the Far East, as the aircraft was robust and reliable, albeit slow. It remained in service until the Second World War, and one was used by the Free French Air Force.
- Potez 62
- Twin-engined civil airliner, powered by two 870 horsepower (650 kW) Gnome-Rhône 14Kirs Mistral Major radial engines. Also designated Potez 62-0.
- Potez 62-1
- Improved version of the Potez 62, powered by two 720 horsepower (540 kW) Hispano-Suiza 12Xrs liquid-cooled V12 engines.
Specifications (Potez 62)
Data from World Encyclopedia of Civil Aircraft
- Crew: 3
- Capacity: 14-16 passengers
- Length: 17.32 m (56 ft 10 in)
- Wingspan: 22.45 m (73 ft 7¾ in)
- Height: 3.90 m (12 ft 9½ in)
- Wing area: 76.1 m² (819 sq ft)
- Empty weight: 4,000 kg (8,800 lb)
- Loaded weight: 7,500 kg (16,534 lb)
- Powerplant: 2 × Gnome-Rhône 14Kirs Mistral Major 14-cylinder radial engine, 870 hp (649 kW) each
- Cruise speed: 280 km/h (151 knots, 174 mph) at 2,000 m (7,500 ft)
- Range: 1,000 km (540 nmi, 621 mi)
- Service ceiling: 7,500 m (24,600 ft)
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- Angelucci, Enzo. World Encyclopedia of Civil Aircraft. London:Willow Books, 1984. ISBN 0-00-218148-7.
- Stroud, John (1966). European Transport Aircraft since 1910. London: Putnam.
- "For Air France: The Potez 62: Cruising Speed of 175 mph with Fourteen Passengers". Flight, 21 March 1935, p. 304.