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Potez SEA IV

Страна: Франция

Год: 1918

Fighter

Pons - canard biplane - 1912 - Франция<– –>Potez - Potez VIII - 1919 - Франция


W.Green, G.Swanborough The Complete Book of Fighters


S.E.A.4 France

  The Societe d'Etudes Aeronautiques (S.E.A.) was formed in 1916 by Henry Potez and Marcel Bloch. Together with Louis Coroller, they designed in 1917 a two- seat fighter-reconnaissance aircraft, the S.E.A.4, which was powered by the new 370 hp Lorraine-Dietrich 12Da 12-cylinder water-cooled engine. An equi-span two-bay biplane, the prototype flew in April 1918, and underwent official testing at Villacoublay on the 28th of that month. As a result of this and subsequent operational evaluation at Le Plessis-Belleville and Perthe, 1,000 examples of the S.E.A.4 C2 were ordered. Potez, Bloch and an industrialist, Bessonneau, established the Societe Anjou Aeronautique to fulfil part of this order, the remainder being contracted to SFCA (Societe Anonyme Frangaise de Constructions Aeronautiques), the Ateliers d’Aviation L Janoir and SAIB (Societe Anonyme d'Applications Industrielles du Bois). The first series S.E.A.4 C2 was completed on Armistice Day, 11 November 1918, Anjou Aeronautique finishing 30 before going into liquidation. A new company was then set up at Aubervilliers, Aeroplanes Henry Potez, with the initial task of completing unfinished S.E.A.4 C2s, a total of 115 reportedly being finished, and another 25 adapted as passenger transports being built as Potez VIIs.

Max speed, 128 mph (206 km/h) at 6,560 ft (2 000 m).
Time to 6,560 ft (2 000m), 6.3 min.
Endurance, 2.25 hrs.
Empty weight, 2,210 lb (1002 kg).
Loaded weight, 3,401 lb (1543 kg).
Span, 39 ft 4 1/2 in (12,00 m).
Length, 27 ft 10 1/2 in (8,50 m).
Height, 10 ft 2 in (3,10 m).
Wing area, 403.66 sq ft (37,50 m2).

W.Green, G.Swanborough - The Complete Book of Fighters
Orders were placed for 1,000 S.E.A.4s, but the Armistice cut production to only 145.
Журнал - Flight за 1919 г.
Two views of the French S.E.A. two-seater biplane, which has a speed of 129 m.p.h. at 6,500 ft., and climbs to 17,000 ft. in 21 mins. It is fitted with a 390 h.p. Lorraine-Dietrich engine, and has a span of 39 ft. 5 ins., an area of 404 sq. ft., and a loading of 8-4 lbs./sq. ft.
Журнал - Flight за 1919 г.
THE HENRY POTEZ, TYPE S.E.A. IV P.M.: Three-quarter front view
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Henri Potez (in the dark hat) near the prototype of SEA IV
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W.Green, G.Swanborough - The Complete Book of Fighters
The S.E.A.4 C2 two-seat recce-fighter.