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Potez 560

Designed by Louis Coroller as an executive transport, the prototype Potez 56 made its first flight on 18 June 1934. Largely of wood construction, the Potez 56 was a cantilever low-wing monoplane with a wing section based on that of the Potez 53 racer, and with a single fin and rudder. It had exceptionally clean lines, the main landing gear units retracting backwards into the nacelles of the two Potez 9Ab radial engines. There was accommodation for a crew of two in an enclosed cockpit, with a cabin for six passengers. Early tests confirmed that the Potez 56 had good flight qualities and was remarkably stable.

Series production included at least three Potez 561 aircraft, with variable-pitch propellers to improve take-off, aerodynamically refined engine nacelles and revised cockpit windows.

Military versions followed, for use in the carrierborne liaison, general utility, target tug, and twin-engine pilot training roles. Total production of all versions, military and civil, was 72, the final examples being two Potez 568 P.3 aircraft, the last of a batch that was completed at the time of the June 1940 armistice with Germany.

 MODELPotez 560
 ENGINE2 x Potez 9Ab radial piston engines, 138kW
  Take-off weight2980 kg6570 lb
  Loaded weight1910 kg4211 lb
  Wingspan16.0 m53 ft 6 in
  Length11.84 m39 ft 10 in
  Height4.6 m15 ft 1 in
  Wing area33.0 m2355.21 sq ft
  Max. speed270 km/h168 mph
  Ceiling6000 m19700 ft
  Range650 km404 miles

jean-pierre grobier, e-mail, 02.11.2011 13:22

Savez-vous si une maquette de cet avion existe? Et si oui qui la commercialise?


Pedro_Vial, e-mail, 14.12.2009 03:37

No tengo una foto, pero si te interesa, yo investigué la evolución del cçodigo aeronáutico chileno a través de los archivos del congreso, todavía me acuerdo de una sesión del congreso de los años 40 (los volúmenes "rojos") en la que se discute el reemplazo de una aeronave de transporte Potez que se estrelló, tendría que verla para saber si es el q tu cree, si lo es te envío una copia
Saludos desde Chile.


JT. Eduardo Q. Arndt, e-mail, 17.02.2007 23:11

My grandfather pilot military (Tte. 2o. Eduardo Arndt Brieva) dead in Chile in 1937(27 March)in Potez 560 No. 5 de Lan-Chile. I write you biography. I need history of the Potez 560 sales to Chile. Excuse my bad english. I am from Nicaragua, Centralamerica. Thank You


JTEduardo Quintana Arndt, e-mail, 10.03.2007 19:53

mi abuelo, piloto de guerra chileno, pilotaba el Potez560 registro No.5 de los 6 que fueron vendidos a Chile conel que se estrelló en Tacna Perú el 27 marzo 1937. Pueden enviarme más fotografías de este modelo 560. Estoy escribiendo la biografía de my grandfather. Gracias.


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