- Category : 1891-births
- Type : MGE
- Profile : 4/6 - Opportunistic / Role Model
- Definition : Triple Split
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Service 3
French aircraft industrialist, the inventor (with Marcel Dassault) of the Potez-Bloch propeller which, after 1917, was installed on most Allied planes of World War I.
In 1919, he founded his own company, Aviations Potez, that, between the wars, built many planes and seaplanes in factories which were at that time considered the most modern in the world. He bought the Alessandro Anzani company in 1923. Many Potez planes, such as the Potez 25, 39, 54, 62, 63, were an international success, setting world records.
In 1936, his factories, considered to be strategic, were nationalised by the French Front populaire government.
After the Second World War, the Potez engineering department designed the Magister, a two-seat two engine trainer aircraft, which was a big success. Launched in 1952 and better known as Fouga Magister, this aircraft was used by many Air Forces.
Henry Potez died in Paris on 9 November 1981.