Potez P 230
Source : Air International Febr 1991 p. 104
With the absorption of ANF-Mureaux in 1937 as a component of the SNCA du Nord (which also included Potez and retained that appellation for its products), André Brunet and his codesigners Lemaitre and Hubert continued the line of lightweight fighter development commenced with the ANF Mureaux 190, initiating, in the autumn of 1938, work on a progressive development, the Potez 230. While possessing a number of features in common with the earlier fighter (eg, elliptical wings), the new aircraft was of more advanced design.
Single seat fighter
1 Hispano-Suiza 12Xcrs
Length 7,57 m, heiht 2,18 m, span 8,74 m, wing area 10,97 m2
Flying weight 1800 kg
Max. speed at 5000 m 560 km/h, cruising speed at 4500 m 480 km/h, endurance 1,5 h, service ceiling 10000 m
(Proposed) One engine-mounted Hispano HS 404 20-mm cannon and four wing-mounted MAC 1934 M39 7,5-mm machine guns.
The Potez 230 was flown on 30 March 1940. the first flight lasting 20 minutes, with test pilot Georges Détré at the
controls.. Only minor teething troubles were encountered during the initial test phase, and on May 8, 1940, after
modifications to the coolant water pump and some softening of the landing gear shock absorbers which had
previously interrupted the fuel supply to the carburetors when the aircraft was taxiing over rough ground, 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.