Bloch M.B.220
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Bloch M.B.220

An all-metal cantilever low-wing monoplane, powered by two Gnome-Rhone radial engines and fitted with retractable landing gear, the Bloch M.B.220 was an equivalent of the Douglas DC-2/DC-3/ Dakota series, but was produced in only limited quantities. The prototype flew in December 1935, followed by 16 production aircraft. Normal crew comprised four, and there was comfortable accommodation for 16 passengers, with eight seats on each side of a central cabin aisle.

By mid-1938 10 M.B.220s had been delivered, and the type was utilised fully on Air France's European routes. The first service by the type on the Paris-London route was flown by the fifth aircraft (Aunis, F-AOHE) on 27 March 1938, with the scheduled time for the flight cut to 1 hour 15 minutes.

During World War II most M.B.220s were mobilised initially for service with Armee de I'Air military transport units. Later, examples of the M.B.220 operated under German, Free French and Vichy French colours in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. At least five examples survived the war, being modified as M.B.221s with Wright Cyclone R-1820-97 engines. They flew short-range Air France European routes, but by 1949 four had been sold off to SANA (Societe Auxiliaire de Navigation Aerienne), and within about a year all had been withdrawn from service.

Bloch M.B.220

 ENGINE2 x G+R 14NO, 655kW
    Take-off weight9160 kg20194 lb
    Empty weight6410 kg14132 lb
    Wingspan22.2 m73 ft 10 in
    Length19.3 m63 ft 4 in
    Wing area72.0 m2775.00 sq ft
    Max. speed343 km/h213 mph
    Cruise speed295 km/h183 mph
    Ceiling7000 m22950 ft
    Range1400 km870 miles

cottu, 22.06.2014

This is Paris LeBourget, LFPB and yes, the airport destination in UK was Croydon.

Karen Byfield, 07.01.2014

Would someone be good enough to let me know at which airport was the above black and white photograph of the Bloch MB 220 taken? Which British airport was used by Air France at the time? Was it Croydon?

frolair, 24.11.2013

Kunt u mij helpen met het constructie nummer van de Bloch 220 met de registratie F-AOHE? Het vliegtuig is genaamd Aunis. Bij voorbaat dank voor uw moeite. Met vr. groet Franc van Vliet

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