Potez 840


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Potez 840

The first prototype of the Potez 840 executive transport made its initial flight on 29 April 1961. An all-metal low-wing cantilever monoplane, it was powered by four 328kW Turbomeca Astazou II turboprops, had fully retractable tricycle landing gear, and carried a crew of three with cabin accommodation for up to 18 passengers. A second prototype, flown in June 1962, had Astazou XII engines of 447kW each.

After a sales tour in North America by the P-840.02, plans were made for a production batch of 25 Potez 840s, but in fact only two more prototypes were built, one of these being reserved for static testing. Two Potez 841 aircraft followed, powered by 417kW Pratt & Whitney Aircraft of Canada PT6A-6 turboprops. Finally, the modified Potez 842 appeared in 1965, a second aircraft, also powerd by Astazou XIIs following two years later.

These eight light transports were the last aircraft of the Potez marque to be built; one is now exhibited at the Musee de I'Air, Paris, and a second has been restored and is flown under the auspices of the French Association Aeromedicale.

  Take-off weight7800 kg17196 lb
  Wingspan19.33 m63 ft 5 in
  Max. speed540 km/h336 mph

Nathalie, e-mail, 09.08.2016 14:47

I was on the last flight of this Potez 840 as a passenger.I have information on this aircraft in French. I will be interested to see it now.


Dick Byrne, e-mail, 17.07.2014 19:56

They built a factory to build these aircraft in Baldonnell Aerodrome in Ireland in 1961 or 62 but it never went into production. I worked for the Potez Copmpany 1961-1963 and knew old Henri Potez. I flew in the prototype 840 at the bourget airshow in 61 (I think)


N ADER, e-mail, 03.09.2012 16:03

THere was one in Marocco, In Rabat in the late 80s.
Don't know if it's still there.
One says it was given to king Hassan II by Mr Potez himself.


Mike, e-mail, 24.01.2010 19:20

I worked for a small local service carrier in the US in 1965 the Potez 840 was evaluated for use. I did not pass muster. Instead the Nord 262 was choses. What a turkey that was.


John Northall, e-mail, 19.01.2010 23:44

There's a partially dismantled and lightly damaged 840 on the North Mainland of the Shetland Isles. All bits are present except for the engines. The owner is trying to find some replacements so that it can be assembled complete. Photos available.


bob, 24.12.2009 23:15

i wonder can it be a bomber


Keith, e-mail, 14.11.2008 06:16

I have some info from the company I believe. It is some general specs and layout graphics. I also believe the front half of a fuselage is in a children museum my sister works at.


D Feather, e-mail, 16.04.2007 22:51

I have come in posetion of a potez 840 reg. F-BMCY. This plane was recovered from Sumbruogh Airport Shetland Islands 2005. I wuold be very pleased with any information regarding this plane as it is hard to find any at all. I do have some Information and history on the plane, however the information I have does not go in to detail about its former life.


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