The Potez 58 has been produced
in different versions. Only the version Potez 585, produced in 106
copies, of which 99 were used by the Air Force is treated here.
date, of the
listed in the list below
The Potez 58 comes from the
family of Potez 43. The cell takes over the overall design and drawing
of his predecessor. It is a high-wing monoplane equipped with slits
of leading edges. This device allows very low speeds by delaying
the stall. The rectangular wing has salmon with rounded shapes and
is reinforced by "V" stays. The largely glazed three-seater
cabin is closed. The landing gear is fixed under fairing, the rear
part of the fuselage resting on a tail pad. The Potez 58 is powered
by a 120 horsepower 120 horsepower Potez 6B radial engine driving
a two-bladed propeller. The engine is surrounded by a Townend annular
cowling, which improves cooling and reduces drag.
The prototype made its first
flight on March 7, 1934, followed in September by the first serial
aircraft, the Potez 580. 80 of these aircraft will be manufactured.
Other versions will follow, differing mainly by their engine, the
most produced being the Potez 585, of which 99 copies will be used
by the Air Force.
The Potez 58 passenger aircraft
are a great commercial success and can be found in many flying schools.
These are the first modern mass-market passenger planes.