Bloch MB.162

Bloch MB.162

Infobox Aircraft
name = MB.162

caption =
type = Heavy Bomber
national origin = France
manufacturer = Société des Avions Marcel Bloch
designer =
first flight = 1 June 1940
introduction = 1943
retired =
status =
primary user = "Luftwaffe"
produced =
number built = 1
program cost =
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developed from =
variants with their own articles =
The Bloch MB.162 was a French four-engine, long-range bomber developed by Société des Avions Marcel Bloch in the late 1930s.While only a single prototype was built, after capture by German forces, it was impressed into service with the "Luftwaffe" as a transport.


Developed from the speedy MB-160 long-range civil transport, the MB-162 was originally developed as a mail plane. The MB-162.01 bomber prototype first flew in June, 1940 and was captured subsequent to the Armistice. Had the MB-162 entered production in 1941 as planned, it would have been a fine and fast heavy bomber for the French, somewhat analogous to the B-17 but much faster and less well armed.

Operational history

The MB-162 did not fly a single combat mission, nor did the MB-162 B.5 production model ever enter production. The prototype was used by the German Luftwaffe in "I/KG 200" for clandestine affairs during 1943-1944.


; MB.160:civil transport prototype, 3 built; MB.162 Raid:mailplane version; MB.162.01:prototype, one built; MB.162 Bn.5:Production model - never produced;MB.161 Languedoc:Civil transport, post-war production model, 100 built.

Military Operators

* Armee de l'Air (Post war); flag|Germany|Nazi
* Luftwaffe

pecifications (MB.162 B5 )

aircraft specifications

plane or copter?=plane
jet or prop?=prop

ref=War Planes of the Second World War: Volume Seven Green 1967, p.106.]

length main= 21.91 m
length alt= 71 ft 10½ in
span main= 28.10 m
span alt= 92 ft 2 in
height main=3.76 m
height alt= 12 ft 4 in
area main= 109 m²
area alt= 1,173 ft²
empty weight main= 11,890 kg
empty weight alt= 26,158 lb
loaded weight main= 19,040 kg
loaded weight alt= 41,888 lb
useful load main=
useful load alt=
max takeoff weight main=
max takeoff weight alt=
more general=

engine (prop)=Gnome-Rhône 14N-48/49
type of prop=14-cylinder two-row air cooled radial engine
number of props=4
power main= 821 kW
power alt= 1,100 hp
power original=

max speed main= 551 km/h
max speed alt= 297 knots, 342 mph
max speed more = at 5,500 m (18,045 ft)
cruise speed main=
cruise speed alt=
stall speed main=
stall speed alt=
never exceed speed main=
never exceed speed alt=
range main= 2,399 km
range alt= 1,296 NM, 1,490 mi
ceiling main= 9,000 m
ceiling alt= 29,530 ft
climb rate main=
climb rate alt=
loading main= 175 kg/m²
loading alt= 35.7 lb/ft²
power/mass main= 0.17 kW/kg
power/mass alt= 0.11 hp/lb
more performance=*Climb to 2,000 m (6560 ft): 5 min 48 sec
*Climb to 5,000 m (16,400 ft): 18 min

guns= 2x 7.5 mm MAC 1934 machine guns in nose and Ventral positions
* 2x 20 mm Hispano-Suiza HS.404 cannon in ventral and dorsal positions
bombs= 3,600 kg (7,940 lb) of bombs

ee also

see also=

*SNCASE Languedoc

similar aircraft=

sequence=MB.90 -
MB.130 -
MB.150 -MB.160 -
MB.170 -
MB.200 -

lists=*List of aircraft of the Armée de l'Air, World War II


* Green, William. "War Planes of the Second World War: Bombers and Reconnaissance Aircraft, Volume Seven". London: Macdonald, 1967.

External links

* [ Aviafrance] fr icon
* [ MB 162 - Dassault Aviation]

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