A reconnaissance variant of the famous Potez bomber, the Potez class 63.11 is a reliable French plane. However, it has limited range and is more expensive than other recon planes, and its sole machine-gun means it will not last long without air support. The Potez should only be used to spot the identity of units when using the Decryption ruses. The biggest difference between the Potez and most others factions' reconnaissance planes, is that the Potez enjoys a defensive machine gun, making attacking it from the air slightly more difficult. It is the most expensive reconnaissance plane in the game, as it is even more expensive than the German Storch.
The original Potez 630 was built to meet the requirements of a 1934 heavy fighter specification which also resulted in the successful Breguet 690 series of attack aircraft. The prototype first flew in 1936 and proved to have excellent handling qualities.
More than 700 Potez 63.11 were delivered by June 1940, of which more than 220 were destroyed or abandoned, despite the addition of extra machine gun armament; the heaviest losses of any French type. The Potez 63.11 continued in service with the Vichy air force and with the Free French forces in North Africa seeing action with both. Production was resumed under German control and significant numbers appear to have been impressed by the Germans, mostly in liaison and training roles.
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- Wikipedia: Potez 630
- Grasshopper - American aerial recon
- Storch - German aerial recon
- Anson - British aerial recon