Potez 23


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Potez 23

During 1923, the design team led by Louis Coroller initiated work on two fundamentally similar aircraft in parallel, the Potez 23 single-seat fighter and the Potez 24 two-seat army co-operation aircraft. Differing primarily dimensionally, these were fabric-covered unequal-span, single-bay biplanes of wooden construction, with provision for interchangeable Lorraine- Dietrich and Hispano-Suiza engines. Powered by a 400hp Lorraine-Dietrich 12Db water-cooled 12-cylinder engine, the Potez 23 carried an armament of two fixed forward-firing 7.7mm machine guns and was flown early in 1924. Whereas the Potez 24 provided a basis for the highly successful Potez 25, development of the Potez 23 was discontinued, only a single prototype being tested.

Potez 23A three-view drawing (1278 x 934)

  Take-off weight1540 kg3395 lb
  Empty weight1115 kg2458 lb
  Wingspan10.50 m34 ft 5 in
  Length7.60 m25 ft 11 in
  Height3.12 m10 ft 3 in
  Wing area32.00 m2344.44 sq ft
  Max. speed225 km/h140 mph

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