With the absorption of ANF-Mureaux in 1937 as a component
of the SNCA du Nord (which also included Potez
and retained the appellation for its products), Andre
Brunet and his co-designers Lemaitre and Hubert continued
the line of lightweight fighter development commenced
with the ANF-Mureaux 190. In the autumn of 1938, work on a progressive development, the Potez
230, was begun. While possessing a number of features
in common with the earlier fighter (eg, elliptical wings),
the new aircraft was of more advanced design.
Powered by a 670hp Hispano-Suiza 12Xcrs 12-cylinder
liquid-cooled engine and having a proposed armament
of one engine-mounted 20mm cannon and four wing-mounted
7.5mm machine guns, the Potez 230 was
flown on 30 March 1940. When German forces occupied
Villacoublay, the sole prototype of the Potez 230 was
seized and transported to Germany for examination of
the wing torsion box, which, of integral construction,
was the first of its type to have been flown.
|A three-view drawing (1280 x 954)|
| Take-off weight||1800 kg||3968 lb|
| Wingspan||8.74 m||29 ft 8 in|
| Length||7.57 m||25 ft 10 in|
| Height||2.18 m||7 ft 2 in|
| Wing area||10.97 m2||118.08 sq ft|
| Max. speed||560 km/h||348 mph|
|Robert Willis, e-mail, 23.08.2020 03:03|
The Potez 230, along with the MS 450 & SNCAO 200 were all a complete waste of time & effort. All three aircraft were markedly inferior to both the D-520 (with which the Potez 230 had virtually nothing in common) & Arsenal VG-33. Air Minister La Chambre would have been wise to decisively halt development of these three pointless aircraft by the end of 1938 at the latest. The resources freed up would have enabled development of the excellent VG-33 series to be greatly accelerated.
|paul scott, e-mail, 08.09.2009 17:33|
Similar outlook to the other French fighter, the Dewoitine.
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