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France's Amiot 354 bomber

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Design

The Amiot 354's design was based on a mail aircraft manufactured in 1934.1

Prototype

The Amiot 351 prototype first flew in January 1940.1

Production

An order for 285 of the Amiot 350 series aircraft was placed in 1939.1

  • Amiot 354:
  • Manufacturer: SECM1

Variants

  • Amiot 351: Two Gnome-Rhône 14 N radial engines.1 Dual rudders.1
  • Amiot 353: Two Rolls-Royce Merlin III engines.1 Dual rudders.1
  • Amiot 354: Two Gnome-Rhône 14 N radial engines.1 Single rudder.1
  • Amiot 370: Long range bomber.2

Usage

Only 86 of the Amiot 350 series aircraft made it to operational units before June 1940.1

German Use

The Germans removed the armament and added fuel tanks to captured Amiot 350s to make them fast transports for overseas flights.1

Specifications

  Amiot 354
Type Bomber1
Crew  
Engine (Type) 2: Gnome-Rhône 14 N1
Cylinders Radial 141
Cooling Air1
Net HP 1,000 each1
Propeller blades  
Dimensions  
Span 74' 11"1
Length 47' 7"1
Height 13' 4"1
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty  
Normal load  
Loaded 24,912 lb1
Performance  
Speed  
Speed @ 13,120' 298 mph1
Cruising speed  
Climb  
Service ceiling 32,810'1
Range 1,553 miles1
Armament 1: 20 mm1
2: MG1
Bombs 2,200 lb1
  Amiot 370
Type Long range bomber2
Crew 2 or 42
Engine (Type) 2: Hispano-Suiza 12Y2
Cylinders  
Cooling Liquid2
Net HP 860 each2
Propeller blades  
Dimensions  
Span 75' 6"2
Length 46'2
Height 13' 1"2
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty  
Normal load  
Loaded 17,600 lb2
Performance  
Speed 310 mph2
Cruising speed  
Climb  
Service ceiling  
Range 4,350 miles2
Armament  

Sources:

  1. World War II Airplanes Volume 1, Enzo Angelucci, Paolo Matricardi, 1976
  2. Aeronautics Aircraft Spotters' Handbook, Ensign L. C. Guthman, 1943
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