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Bloch MB.160

The four-engine, 12-seater MB.160 passenger aircraft was ordered in 1936 by Régie Air-Afrique for flights between African colonies. The aircraft was developed at the design office of Marcel Blok in Courbevoie * (French Courbevoie), which was part of the SNCASO concern.

Structurally, the airliner was a metal low-wing aircraft with four 12-cylinder liquid-cooled Hispano-Suiza 12Xirs engines developing 760 hp. at an altitude of 2000 m. Crew: two pilots, flight engineer, navigator and radio operator.

The first flight of the prototype took place on June 18, 1937. A total of three aircraft were built. Further developments of the aircraft were the MB.161 transport aircraft and the MB.162 bomber.

Bloch MB.160 Specifications
Crew 3
Wing span, m 27.70
Wing area, m² 110.80
Length, m 25.78
Height, m 5.00
4 × PE Hispano-Suiza 12Xirs, V-12, power, hp 4 × 720
Weight, kg:
Empty plane 9,950
Loaded weight 15,440
Maximum speed, km/h 355
Cruising speed, km/h 296
Service range, km 2,000
Service ceiling, m 6,200
Payload, passengers 12

Photo Description

Drawing Bloch MB.160

Bloch MB.160 в трех проекциях


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

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July 07, 2019

* in Courbevoie, exactly 105 years ago, was born Louis de Funes, the famous "Commissioner Juve", a French film actor, one of the greatest comedians of the 20th century ...