FR0059 Potez 25 Salmson 18 Ab

Henry Potez created the Société des Avions Potez in 1921 after working with Marcel Bloch in the S.E.A. during WWI. He assigned the design of the Potez 25 to Louis Coroller. Of mixed wood & metal construction and powered by a 450 ch Lorraine-Dietrich 12 Eb engine, the Potez 25 prototype is thought to have first flown early in 1925.


The first prototype (25.1) was transferred to S.T.Aé in 1925 for testing, whilst an unarmed prototype (25.2) made a tour of European countries to demonstrate the viability of the design. This indicated the need for some modifications, the most significant being an increase of the wingspan to 14.16 m.

The Potez 25 was one of the most widely built French aircraft between the World Wars. Most aircraft were powered by Lorraine 12 Eb, Hispano-Suiza, or Gnome-Rhône (a licence-built Bristol Jupiter) engines, whilst some used Renault, Farman, or Salmson power. Either Potez or Messier landing gear was fitted and three styles of tailfins employed. This very versatile design was operated by about 20 countries and was still in use at the outbreak of WWII.

The Potez 25, in its various engines, was used by the following countries: France (several hundred), Poland, Romania, Abyssinia, Manchuria, Japan, Paraguay, Portugal, Uruguay, Yugoslavia, Brazil, Estonia, Finland, Switzerland, Guatemala, Greece and Spain. It wass also used by Aéropostale in South America to cross the Andes (two modified A2s with Lorraine engines, three others in a modified TOE version). It was built under license by Yugoslavia, Romania and Portugal. The Potez 25 was used in conflicts by Paraguay (Chaco War), Greece, Yugoslavia, Japan, Brazil and France, where some aircraft were still being employed in 1940 in schools or for liaison work.

Potez 25s with Salmson 18 Ab engines were produced in small numbers (N°461 to 473, N°822 to 824) at the Henriot factory in Carrières S/Seine, from 1929 onwards. Several served in A.O.F.: n°822 in a training squadron at Thies, others in target towing.

These aircraft were generally painted green, with the front and top of the fuselage up to the cockpit left in natural metal. At least one passed through the civil register (attested by a photo, F-AMDF, Cie Française d'Aviation, Boulogne S/Seine, from 08/01/1932, given as Potez 25.3, along with 5 other aircraft of the same type).

Specifications: reconnaissance (A2) and bombing (B2) biplane. Wingspan 14.16 m, length 8,90 m. Armament: 1 fixed Vickers machine gun, 2 Lewis machine guns on TO7 mountings, 1 ventral Lewis machine gun.

We have produced a Salmson 18 Ab engine, 3D printed. This engine is adaptable to our kit FR0038 Potez 25 Hispano (same fin and rudder). Decals already exist in sheet FR0X03 (Potez 25 Africa & Asia), without roundels. We might produce a smaller decal sheet, in some months. At this moment, you may choose either the engine in one part (on left), easier to put in place, or in three parts, on right, easier to paint.

  • N°822, in Thies (A.O.F) with a strange badge on the fuselage (probably Thies training section). White 12 on tail Red 822 on fuselage.