The Potez 540 was a french bomber that entered service with the French Air Force in 1934. As a bomber, it saw combat action in the Spanish Civil War, being extensively used by the Spanish republican government air force from 1936 to 1939. However, it was employed by the French Air Force only as a reconnaissance and transport aircraft during the frist two years of World War II as it had become obsolete by then. Around 400 Potez 540s were built.

This French bomber was a four-seat, two-engine monoplane, fitted with high wings. Its fuselage was built with hardened plywood and metal sheets. Its landing gear was only partially retractable. It was powered by two Spano-Suiza HS 12 Xirs piston engines, capable of generating 650 hp. It could carry 900 kg (1,800 lb) of bombs (four 225-kg bombs. As defensive weapons, the Potez 540 had at its disposal three 7.5mm machine guns, mounted in the nose, back and belly.

Specifications

Wingspan: 22.1 m

Length: 16.2 m

Height: 3.8 m

Maximum speed: 310 km/h

Range: 1,250 km

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