Potez X

The Potez X was a French 1920s general-purpose colonial transport aircraft designed and built by Potez.

Potez X
Role General purpose colonial transport aircraft
National origin France
Manufacturer Potez
First flight 1922


The Potez X was a three-engined biplane with a fixed nosewheel landing gear supplemented with a tailskid.[1] The first variant was the Potez X A which was powered by three 140 hp (104 kW) Hispano-Suiza 8Aa piston engines, two strut-mounted between the upper and lower wings and one nose-mounted.[1] It had an enclosed cabin for 10 passengers with the pilot in an open cockpit behind the cabin.[1] Later the engines were changed to more powerful Hispano-Suiza 8Ab versions.[1] Two other variants were built with 280 hp (209 kW) Hispano-Suiza 8Bec engines, the X B was a military variant and the X C a commercial variant.[1]

The Potez X formed the basis of two similar airliners in the Potez XVIII and Potez XXII.[2][3]


Original commercial variant with three 100 kW (140 hp) Hispano-Suiza 8Aa piston engines.[1]
Military variant with 220 kW (300 hp) Hispano-Suiza 8Fb engines.[1]
Civil variant with 210 kW (280 hp) Hispano-Suiza 8Bec engines.[1]

Specifications (Potez X A)

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Capacity: 10 passengers
  • Length: 12.95 m (42 ft 6 in)
  • Wingspan: 18.40 m (60 ft 4 in)
  • Height: 4.15 m (13 ft 7 in)
  • Wing area: 94 m2 (1,010 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 1,800 kg (3,968 lb)
  • Gross weight: 3,090 kg (6,812 lb)
  • Powerplant: 3 × Hispano-Suiza 8Ab , 130 kW (180 hp) each


  • Maximum speed: 165 km/h (103 mph, 89 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 132 km/h (82 mph, 71 kn)
  • Range: 1,000 km (620 mi, 540 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 5,500 m (18,000 ft)



  1. Orbis 1985, p. 2760
  2. Parmentier, Bruno. "Potez XVIII". aviafrance.com (in French). Retrieved 24 September 2014.
  3. Parmentier, Bruno. "Potez XXII". aviafrance.com (in French). Retrieved 24 September 2014.


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