|TOURER, TRAINER||Virtual Aircraft Museum / France / Potez|
The prototype Potez VIII two-seat tourer/ elementary trainer was first flown on 9 April 1920, powered by a specially designed Potez engine, the 37kW Potez A 4. A light unequal-span biplane, the Potez VIII had four-wheel landing gear, the tailskid being used for landings only. The unusual A 4 engine was a complete failure and plans were made to produce 100 series aircraft powered by the 52kW Anzani 6Ab radial. Versions built included the Potez VIII A of 1922 with the 60kW Anzani 6 A3 engine and two-wheel conventional landing gear; five were built, two of them later being converted to Potez VIII configuration and one as the Potez VIII H central-float seaplane, built especially for a wealthy Marseilles businessman.