Potez 25


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Potez 25

One of the most famous military aircraft of the inter-war period, the Potez 25 was developed from the Potez 24 A.2-category prototype, which had been designed by Louis Coroller and flown in 1924. The refined Potez 25 prototype was built at the new Potez factory at Meaulte and flew for the first time in early 1925. An unequal-span biplane, the Potez 25 had an engine mounting capable of taking a wide variety of powerplants in the 298kW to 447kW range. The carefully contoured fuselage accommodated pilot and observer/gunner close together in tandem cockpits beneath a cut-out in the trailing edge of the upper wing centre section. The new cross-axle landing gear had specially designed Potez shock absorbers.

In all, 87 variants of the type were developed for military and civil use, and over 3,500 examples were built in France, most at the Potez factory, but others under licence by A.N.F. Les Mureaux and Hanriot. Abroad, 300 Potez 25s were licence-built in Poland, 200 in Yugoslavia, 70 in Romania and 27 in Portugal. Other countries which used French-built aircraft included China, where the type was used against the Japanese; Paraguay, where it operated against the Bolivian air arm; Uruguay; Greece; Ethiopia, which flew a small number against the invading Italian troops in 1935; Switzerland, which retained the type in service until 1940; and Estonia. In addition test examples were sold to the Soviet Union and some dozen other countries. Many of the exported and licence-built Potez 25s were of the B.2 two-seat light bomber version.

Civil Potez 25s with Lorraine engines were used by Aeropostale and its assodated companies in South America for regular mail flights over the Andes, and also by the Caudron and Hanriot flying schools. The Compagnie Francaise d'Aviation used Salmson-powered Potez 25s for training.

Potez 25

 MODELPotez 25 TOE
 ENGINE1 x Lorraine 12Eb broad-arrow piston engine, 335kW
  Take-off weight2500 kg5512 lb
  Loaded weight1510 kg3329 lb
  Wingspan14.14 m46 ft 5 in
  Length9.10 m30 ft 10 in
  Height3.67 m12 ft 0 in
  Wing area47.0 m2505.90 sq ft
  Max. speed208 km/h129 mph
  Ceiling5800 m19050 ft
  Range1260 km783 miles
 ARMAMENT3 x 7.7mm machine-guns, 200kg of bombs

Wilman Fuentes, e-mail, 14.05.2013 20:59

Buenos dias... Estamos intentando reconstruir un Potez 25 que se incendio en 1997 en el Museo Aeronáutico de Uruguay... alguien tiene y podría ayudarnos con al menos, planos de aeromodelismo de este avión... se lo agradeceriamos muchisimo.
Wilman Fuentes.
Asociación Amigos del Museo Aeronáutico, Montevideo - Uruguay.


Klaatu83, e-mail, 02.01.2012 15:28

The aircraft depicted in the color side-view is in the markings of Paraguay, in whose service these aircraft engaged in combat against Bolivian forces during the "Chaco War", between 1932 and 1935.


Roberto vera, e-mail, 12.06.2011 14:34

nuestro club Yvytu desea construir una replica. Volante de este avion emblematico del Paraguay en la guerra del chaco ,y les agradeceriamos muchisimo si nos pudieran ayudar a localizar planos del mismo


eduardo roldan, e-mail, 05.11.2008 20:57

Baje los planos de internet y estare en un concurso este 14 de Noviembre , les agradeseria si tubieran una foto de las calcomanias que usaba este biplano pues los estoy realizando en madera y laton a escala 1.50,

Saludes Eduardo


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