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Bloch MB.162


Another derivative of the Bloch 160 was identified initially as the Bloch M.B.162.

Preliminary design was initiated, and a mock-up to full-scale was built and exhibited at the Salon de I'Aeronautique held in Paris during November 1938. Considerable interest was created by this 'large' bomber, only slightly smaller than the B-17, and it was decided to build a prototype. Because production priority had been given to the commercial MB.161, the construction of the bomber was held up until the spring of 1940, flying for the first time on 1 June 1940.

Of cantilever low-wing monoplane configuration, the MB.162 B.5 was of all-metal construction, had a tailplane with marked dihedral and twin endplate fins and rudders, retractable tailwheel type landing gear, and two engines mounted in nacelles at the leading-edge of each wing.

Flown from Villacoublay to Bordeaux-Merignac, the MB.162 was captured by the Germans. Its test programme was completed during 1942 under the supervision of the German Focke-Wulf company, subsequently entering service with the Luftwaffe for long-range clandestine operations.

Engine: 4 x Gnome-Rhone 14N-48/49 radial piston engines, 820kW
Take-off weight: 19000 kg / 41888 lb
Empty weight: 11865 kg / 26158 lb
Wingspan: 28.1 m / 92 ft 2 in
Length: 21.9 m / 71 ft 10 in
Height: 3.75 m / 12 ft 4 in
Wing area: 109 sq.m / 1173.27 sq ft
Max. speed: 550 km/h / 342 mph
Range: 2400 km / 1491 miles
Armament: 2 x 20mm cannon, 2 x 7.5mm machine-guns, 3600kg of bombs



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