|FIGHTER||Virtual Aircraft Museum / France / Potez|
During 1923, the design team led by Louis Coroller initiated work on two fundamentally similar aircraft in parallel, the Potez 23 single-seat fighter and the Potez 24 two-seat army co-operation aircraft. Differing primarily dimensionally, these were fabric-covered unequal-span, single-bay biplanes of wooden construction, with provision for interchangeable Lorraine- Dietrich and Hispano-Suiza engines. Powered by a 400hp Lorraine-Dietrich 12Db water-cooled 12-cylinder engine, the Potez 23 carried an armament of two fixed forward-firing 7.7mm machine guns and was flown early in 1924. Whereas the Potez 24 provided a basis for the highly successful Potez 25, development of the Potez 23 was discontinued, only a single prototype being tested.