Potez 62

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Potez 62
Potez62 afh.jpg
Role Civil airliner
Manufacturer Potez
Designer Henry Potez
First flight January 28, 1935
Developed from Potez 54
Variants Potez 650

Potez 62 was a French twin-engine civil airliner, designed by Henry Potez in 1934.

History[edit]

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.

Variants[edit]

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.[1]
Potez 62-1
Improved version of the Potez 62, powered by two 720 horsepower (540 kW) Hispano-Suiza 12Xrs liquid-cooled V12 engines.[2]

Operators[edit]

1936 Air France ad for service with Potez 62
 France
 Romania
 Uruguay

Specifications (Potez 62)[edit]

Data from World Encyclopedia of Civil Aircraft[3]

General characteristics

Performance

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Stroud 1966, pp. 183–184
  2. ^ Stroud 1966, p. 184
  3. ^ Angelucci 1984, p. 218.
  4. ^ a b Flight 21 March 1935, p.304.
Bibliography
  • 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.