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

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Bloch M.B.152 fighter:
France's Bloch M.B.152 fighter
Bloch M.B.152 fighter:
France's Bloch M.B.152 fighter

Design

The Bloch 152 was produced in tandem with the Bloch 151.2,4

The construction of the Bloch MB-152 was of metal.4

At high altitudes the Bloch MB-152 was not very manouverable.4

Main Armament

Unlike the Bloch 151, the machine guns were belt fed.2

Prototype

The Bloch 152 prototype first flew on December 15, 1938.2,3,4

Production

An order for 200 Bloch 152s with the Gnome-Rhône 14N-25 and 288 with the Gnome-Rhône 14N-49 was made.2

The Bloch MB 152 were produced at the same time as the MB 151s.3 Eventually the MB 152 production took over.3

  • Bloch MB 150: 13
  • Bloch MB 151: 1403
  • Bloch MB 152: 4823, 6144
  • Bloch MB 153: 13
  • Bloch MB 155: 333
  • Total: 6573
    • Manufacturer: SNCASO4

Variants

  • Bloch MB 151:
  • Bloch MB 152: Production.3
  • Bloch MB 153: Had Pratt & Whitney R-1830 Twin Wasp engine (1,050 HP).3
  • Bloch MB 155: Had Gnome-Rhône engine.3

Usage

By the middle of January 1940 the Armée de l'Air received 274 Bloch M.B. 152s.1 By May 1940 there were 363 M.B. 152s in service.1 Five gourpes de chasse were equipped with the M.B. 152.1

The first of 482 Bloch 152s delivered to the Armée de l'Air arrived in April 1939.2

MB 152 pilots shot down 146 enemy planes while losing only 86 of their own before the surrender of France in World War II.3

Romania

The Vichy government delivered 20 Bloch 152s to Romania.2,3

Greece

Greece purchased nine Bloch MB-152s and used them against the Italians when they invaded.4

Specifications

  Bloch M.B. 1521,3, Bloch 1522, Bloch MB-1524
Type Fighter1,2,3,4
Crew 11,3,4
Engine (Type) Gnome-Rhône 14 N 25 piston1
Gnome-Rhône 14N-252,3
Gnome-Rhône 14N4
OR Gnome-Rhône 14N-492
Cylinders Radial1, Radial 144
Cooling Air4
Net HP 8701, 1,0002, 1,0304, 1,0803
Propeller blades 31
Dimensions  
Span 34' 5 3/8"1, 34' 7"2,3,4
10.5 m1, 10.54 m2,3
Length 29' 10"3,4, 29' 10.25"1,2
9.1 m1,2,3
Height 9' 11"3, 9' 11 1/3"1,2, 12' 11"4
3.02 m3, 3.03 m1,2
Wing area 186.4 ft2 1, 186.43 ft2 2
17.32 m2 1,2
Weight  
Empty 4,453 lb1, 4,758 lb2,3
2,020 kg1, 2,158 k2,3
Loaded 5,842 lb1, 5,908 lb4, 6,173 lb2,3
2,650 kg1, 2,800 kg2,3
Performance  
Speed @ 13,120' /
4,000 m
320 mph3,4
515 kph3
Speed @ 14,765' /
4,500 m
316 mph2
509 kph2
Speed @ 16,405' /
5,000 m
299 mph1
482 kph1
Cruising speed  
Climb to 6,560' /
2,000 m
3.4 minutes2
Climb to 16,000' /
5,000 m
6 minutes3
Climb to 16,405' /
5,000 m
60 minutes1
Service ceiling 32,800'3,4, 32,810'1
10,000 m1,3
Range 335 miles2, 373 miles3,4, 581 miles1
540 km2, 600 km3, 935 km1
Armament 2: 20 mm4
2: MG4
2: 20 mm HS 4041,2
2: 7.5 mm MAC 1934 MG1,2
OR 4: MG4
4: 7.5 mm MAC 1934 M392
Wings 2: 20 mm3
2: 7.5 mm MG3
OR 4: 7.5 mm MG3

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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