Potez X

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Potez X
Potez 10.jpg
Role General purpose colonial transport aircraft
National origin France
Manufacturer Potez
First flight 1922

The Potez X was a French 1920s general-purpose colonial transport aircraft designed and built by Potez.


The Potez X was a three-engined biplane with a fixed nosewheel landing gear supplemented with a tailskid.[1] The first variant was the Potez X A which was powered by three 140 hp (104 kW) Hispano-Suiza 8Aa piston engines, two strut-mounted between the upper and lower wings and one nose-mounted.[1] It had an enclosed cabin for 10 passengers with the pilot in an open cockpit behind the cabin.[1] Later the engines were changed to more powerful Hispano-Suiza 8Ab versions.[1] Two other variants were built with 280 hp (209 kW) Hispano-Suiza 8Bec engines, the X B was a military variant and the X C a commercial variant.[1]

The Potez X formed the basis of two similar airliners in the Potez XVIII and Potez XXII.[2][3]


Original commercial variant with three 100 kW (140 hp) Hispano-Suiza 8Aa piston engines.[1]
Military variant with 220 kW (300 hp) Hispano-Suiza 8Fb engines.[1]
Civil variant with 210 kW (280 hp) Hispano-Suiza 8Bec engines.[1]

Specifications (Potez X A)[edit]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Capacity: 10 passengers
  • Length: 12.95 m (42 ft 6 in)
  • Wingspan: 18.40 m (60 ft 4 in)
  • Height: 4.15 m (13 ft 7 in)
  • Wing area: 94 m2 (1,010 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 1,800 kg (3,968 lb)
  • Gross weight: 3,090 kg (6,812 lb)
  • Powerplant: 3 × Hispano-Suiza 8Ab , 130 kW (180 hp) each


  • Maximum speed: 165 km/h (103 mph; 89 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 132 km/h (82 mph; 71 kn)
  • Range: 1,000 km (621 mi; 540 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 5,500 m (18,000 ft)



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Orbis 1985, p. 2760
  2. ^ Parmentier, Bruno. "Potez XVIII". aviafrance.com (in French). Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  3. ^ Parmentier, Bruno. "Potez XXII". aviafrance.com (in French). Retrieved 24 September 2014.