Another derivative of the Bloch 160 was identified initially as the Bloch M.B.162. This promised excellent long-range performance which, coupled with good load-carrying capability, seemed to offer potential as a strategic bomber.
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 because of this it was decided to build a prototype. This, unfortunately for France, was delayed because production priority had been given to the commercial M.B.161, with the result that construction of the bomber was held up until the spring of 1940. Even then, it was completed in a remarkably short time for such a large project, flying for the first time on 1 June 1940. Of cantilever low-wing monoplane configuration, the M.B.162 B.5 was of all-metal construction, had a tail-plane 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 M.B.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||72 ft 10 in|
| Height||3.75 m||12 ft 4 in|
| Wing area||109 m2||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|
|Paul Scott, 10.11.2016|
Strangely, although the French weren't known for bravado/combat, their 'planes were excellent, as were the better armament (certainly better than Britain's .303 'peashooters'). Very advanced of them to nearly have all their offensive aircraft with a 20mm cannon. Certainly, we Brits should have taken a leaf out of their book on that.
The nose contained a 20mm cannon,another 20mm was in the dorsal turret, a 7,5mm machine-gun was on the ventral turret the other machine-gun was probably on the dorsal turret,it wasn't unusual for French bombers to have two types of guns on the same turret
|handre ringer, 30.12.2009|
|josh walker, 15.12.2009|
Do you have any comments about this aircraft ?