Potez 230


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Potez 230

With the absorption of ANF-Mureaux in 1937 as a component of the SNCA du Nord (which also included Potez and retained the appellation for its products), Andre Brunet and his co-designers Lemaitre and Hubert continued the line of lightweight fighter development commenced with the ANF-Mureaux 190. In the autumn of 1938, work on a progressive development, the Potez 230, was begun. While possessing a number of features in common with the earlier fighter (eg, elliptical wings), the new aircraft was of more advanced design. Powered by a 670hp Hispano-Suiza 12Xcrs 12-cylinder liquid-cooled engine and having a proposed armament of one engine-mounted 20mm cannon and four wing-mounted 7.5mm machine guns, the Potez 230 was flown on 30 March 1940. When German forces occupied Villacoublay, the sole prototype of the Potez 230 was seized and transported to Germany for examination of the wing torsion box, which, of integral construction, was the first of its type to have been flown.

Potez 230A three-view drawing (1280 x 954)

  Take-off weight1800 kg3968 lb
  Wingspan8.74 m29 ft 8 in
  Length7.57 m25 ft 10 in
  Height2.18 m7 ft 2 in
  Wing area10.97 m2118.08 sq ft
  Max. speed560 km/h348 mph

Robert Willis, e-mail, 23.08.2020 03:03

The Potez 230, along with the MS 450 & SNCAO 200 were all a complete waste of time & effort. All three aircraft were markedly inferior to both the D-520 (with which the Potez 230 had virtually nothing in common) & Arsenal VG-33. Air Minister La Chambre would have been wise to decisively halt development of these three pointless aircraft by the end of 1938 at the latest. The resources freed up would have enabled development of the excellent VG-33 series to be greatly accelerated.


paul scott, e-mail, 08.09.2009 17:33

Similar outlook to the other French fighter, the Dewoitine.


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