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Amiot 351

Amiot 351 - a free-carrying monoplane with clean aerodynamic shapes, a monocoque fuselage, a tricycle landing gear with a tail wheel, the main struts were retracted into the engine nacelles. The prototype aircraft was already equipped with a twin tail tail designed for a serial bomber. There was room for a fourth crew member. We installed a 7.5-mm MAC1934 machine gun, firing through the lower hatch. The first flight took place on January 21, 1939. Official tests began on February 2.

In the forward fuselage there is a glazed navigator's cockpit with equipment for aimed bombing, at the level of the propellers, the cockpit, behind it there was a gunner with a turret gun mount and, finally, below, just behind the bomb bay, there was a lower firing point with a radio operator ...

Power plant - two Gnome-Rhone 14N 38/39 engines with a capacity of 950 hp each.

Differences between prototype and production aircraft included a decrease in wing span (from 23.0 m to 22.83 m) and its area (from 67.5 m & # 178; to 67.0 m & # 178;). The total length, on the contrary, increased by 500 mm - up to 14.5 m. A widened symmetrical canopy was introduced. To increase stability along the longitudinal channel, an increased size of the keel washers was adopted.

Amiot 351 Specification
Crew 4
Dimensions
Wing span, m 22.83
Wing area, m² 67.50
Length, m 14.50
Height, m 4.08
Powerplant
2 × PE Gnome-Rhone 14N 38/39, power, hp 2 × 950
Weight, kg:
Empty 4725
Gross weight 11300
Performance
Maximum speed, km/h 477
Cruising speed, km/h 380
Service range, km 1,820
Service ceiling, m 9,800

Armament. One 20-mm Hispano-Suiza HS-404 cannon in the dorsal turret, two 7.5-mm MAC machine guns. Bombs in the nose and ventral compartments: normal - up to 800 kg of bombs, maximum - 1200 kg.


                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Photo Description
Drawing Amiot 351

Drawing Amiot 351

Bibliography

  • Aviation in World War II. Aircraft of France. / Aviation collection 10 /
  • French Aircraft of World War II /Aviafrance./