No. 10118. CAMS 110 (c/n 001) French Navy
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CAMS 110

10/31/2010. The Chantiers Aéro-Maritimes de la Seine (CAMS) came into financial difficulties in 1930 and had to cease all activities in 1932. The rights were purchased by Henry Potez who opened a new production facility at Sartrouville, near Paris. Designed jointly by Maurice Hurel (CAMS) and Louis Coroller (Potez), the first product of the new Potez-CAMS company was the CAMS 110, the latest development of the CAMS 55, itself derived from the CAMS 51.

The CAMS 110 maritime reconnaissance biplane flying boat had wooden wings and a metal hull, and was powered by two 860 hp Hispano-Suiza 12 Ydrs engines placed in in tandem, driving a push and a pull propeller. Its armament consisted of four 0.295 in (7.5 mm) Darne machineguns mounted in side ports, and a bomb load of 2,25 lb (1,000 kg) could be carried. Yves-Marie Lantz flew the aircraft on its first flight from Sartrouville in July 1934. Despite excellent performance the French Navy did not order the type.

The aircraft was acquired by the État Français (French government) and was registered as F-ANVX on June 3, 1935, subsequently it was demilitarized, and eventually prepared for transatlantic flight. However, there had been many fatal accidents on such flights, and after the disappearance of Jean Mermoz and his crew on December 7, 1936, the French Government prohibited these flights.

Reregistered F-AOCP the aircraft was used as an equipment test bed, and in May 1939, it was militarized again and assigned to French Navy Escadrille 3S4 at Berre. It was destroyed when France entered WW II. Note that sometime between 1934 and 1939, the original trapezium shaped tail had been replaced by a square and enlarged one, while the upper cockpit had been enlarged also, and a number of side windows had been deleted.

Created October 31, 2010