Monday, November 24, 2014

Potez Aero Service, 1935

The aircraft was a Potez bimotor, fitted with 2 x Potez 9Ab en étoile (star) engines, rated at 138 kW (185 hp) each, and could carry 6 passengers to a maximum height of 6,000 metres (18,300 ft) at 250 km/h (155 mph). Thirty examples were built and used both in civilian version and military versions: the former by Air Afrique, Potez Aero Service (as in the poster) and by the Romanian airline. The French Air Force used some as liaison and observation aircraft.

The first experimental flight left Orly for Marseille on 18 April 1935; the next day it flew to Nice and Bastia (on Corsica).

In 1935, there were 202 flights by Potez Aero Service from 15 May to 6 October.

In 1936, the season ran from 28 March to 19 September.   Thereafter it ceased.

"In its last week of activity the Potez 56 prototype carried 124 kg of newspapers and post."

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