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Potez 32 / 33

Potez 32

Derived from the Potez 29, the Potez 32 five-passenger transport or mailplane retained the fuselage, tail unit and landing gear of its predecessor, but was a strut-braced high-wing monoplane. First flown in 1928, the prototype was followed by 54 production aircraft. An initial difference in comparison with the Potez 29 was the employment of a lower-powered, and thus cheaper and more economical, Salmson radial engine; later aircraft had the higher-powered Jupiter. The type was operated by CIDNA, Air Orient and Aeropostale, and 12 were exported to Canada.

The Potez 33 prototype, tested in March 1928, was a militarised version of the Potez 32 intended for liaison and observation, or as a trainer for pilots and observers. It had dual controls as standard, introduced large observation windows, and had a dorsal machine-gun position; light bombs could be carried.

Potez 33/2
Engine: 1 x Salmson 9Ab radial, 171kW
Max take-off weight: 1750 kg / 3858 lb
Loaded weight: 950 kg / 2094 lb
Wingspan: 14.50 m / 48 ft 7 in
Length: 10.15 m / 33 ft 4 in
Wing area: 35.0 sq.m / 376.74 sq ft
Max. speed: 190 km/h / 118 mph
Ceiling: 4500 m / 14750 ft
Range: 700 km / 435 miles
Armament: 1 x 7.7mm machine-gun



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