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France's Bloch M.B. 152, Bloch 152, Bloch MB-152, fighter

Design

The Bloch 152 was produced in tandem with the Bloch 151.

The construction of the Bloch MB-152 was of metal.

At high altitudes the Bloch MB-152 was not very manouverable.

Main Armament

Unlike the Bloch 151, the machine guns were belt fed.

Prototype

The Bloch 152 prototype first flew on December 15, 1938.

Production

An order for 200 Bloch 152s with the Gnome-Rhône 14N-25 and 288 with the Gnome-Rhône 14N-49 was made.

The Bloch MB 152 were produced at the same time as the MB 151s. Eventually the MB 152 production took over.

  • Bloch MB 150: 1
  • Bloch MB 151: 140
  • Bloch MB 152: 482, 614
  • Bloch MB 153: 1
  • Bloch MB 155: 33
  • Total: 657
    • Manufacturer: SNCASO

Variants

  • Bloch MB 151:
  • Bloch MB 152: Production.
  • Bloch MB 153: Had Pratt & Whitney R-1830 Twin Wasp engine (1,050 HP).
  • Bloch MB 155: Had Gnome-Rhône engine.

Usage

By the middle of January 1940 the Armée de l'Air received 274 Bloch M.B. 152s. By May 1940 there were 363 M.B. 152s in service. Five gourpes de chasse were equipped with the M.B. 152.

The first of 482 Bloch 152s delivered to the Armée de l'Air arrived in April 1939.

MB 152 pilots shot down 146 enemy planes while losing only 86 of their own before the surrender of France in World War II.

Romania

The Vichy government delivered 20 Bloch 152s to Romania.

Greece

Greece purchased nine Bloch MB-152s and used them against the Italians when they invaded.

Specifications

  Bloch M.B. 152, Bloch 152, Bloch MB-152
Type Fighter
Crew 1
Engine (Type) Gnome-Rhône 14 N 25 piston
Gnome-Rhône 14N-25
Gnome-Rhône 14N
OR Gnome-Rhône 14N-49
Cylinders Radial, Radial 14
Cooling Air
Net HP 870, 1,000, 1,030, 1,080
Propeller blades 3
Dimensions  
Span 34' 5 3/8", 34' 7"
10.5 m, 10.54 m
Length 29' 10", 29' 10.25"
9.1 m
Height 9' 11", 9' 11 1/3", 12' 11"
3.02 m, 3.03 m
Wing area 186.4 ft2 , 186.43 ft2
17.32 m2
Weight  
Empty 4,453 lb, 4,758 lb
2,020 kg, 2,158 k
Loaded 5,842 lb, 5,908 lb, 6,173 lb
2,650 kg, 2,800 kg
Performance  
Speed @ 13,120' /
4,000 m
320 mph
515 kph
Speed @ 14,765' /
4,500 m
316 mph
509 kph
Speed @ 16,405' /
5,000 m
299 mph
482 kph
Cruising speed  
Climb to 6,560' /
2,000 m
3.4 minutes
Climb to 16,000' /
5,000 m
6 minutes
Climb to 16,405' /
5,000 m
60 minutes
Service ceiling 32,800', 32,810'
10,000 m
Range 335 miles, 373 miles, 581 miles
540 km, 600 km, 935 km
Armament 2: 20 mm
2: MG
2: 20 mm HS 404
2: 7.5 mm MAC 1934 MG
OR 4: MG
4: 7.5 mm MAC 1934 M39
Wings 2: 20 mm
2: 7.5 mm MG
OR 4: 7.5 mm MG

Sources:

  1. Fighting Aircraft of World War II, Editor: Karen Leverington, 1995
  2. The Great Book of Fighters, William Green, Gordon Swanborough, 1994
  3. Aircraft of WWII, Stewart Wilson, 1998
  4. World War II Airplanes Volume 1, Enzo Angelucci, Paolo Matricardi, 1976
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