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Amiot 143

France (1935)
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The Amiot 143 was wholly inadequate by the time of the German invasions throughout Europe.


Detailing the development and operational history of the Amiot 143 Medium Bomber Aircraft.  Entry last updated on 6/12/2016. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

The Amiot 143 of the French Air Force represented an evolution in the Amiot piston-engine bomber series that replaced the Amiot 140 of 1931. First flying in 1935, the Amiot 143 system was an unspectacular design whose time had passed in the inter-war years. With the newfound technological advancements and changing face of warfare, the Amiot series could do very little in the way of stopping the German invasions of the Low Countries and of France itself.

The Amiot 143 was a twin-engine bomber with a full compliment of 4 to 6 personnel. Design of quite unconventional. The system appeared as an amalgam of World War One and World War Two technologies with the boxy fuselage housing an underside windowed gondola. Engines were mounted high on the monoplane wings and landing gear structures were covered and static.

Armament was strictly defensive in the bomber role and amounted to an array of 4 x 7.5mm (.303 caliber) machine guns throughout the aircraft. One such machine gun was mounted in a nose turret whilst another was mounted in a dorsal turret. Two additional machine guns were placed in a fore and aft ventral gondola position. Machine guns were of the MAC 1934 type. This defensive array was awfully underpowered when compared to the fighters and bombers being fielded by the Axis powers. An internal and external bombload was possible and amounted to 3,527lbs of ordnance.

As expected, the obsolescent Amiot 134 faired poorly against the tide of German advance. Losses were terrible and for the four French squadrons fielding the outdated system so much so that the aircraft was relegated to a limited night-flying bombing campaign. With the fall of France ensured, the Amiot 143 series now fell into Axis hands and were later fielded with the Vichy French Air Force groups.

Any available statistics for the Amiot 143 Medium Bomber Aircraft are showcased in the areas immediately below. Categories include basic specifications covering country-of-origin, operational status, manufacture(s) and total quantitative production. Other qualities showcased are related to structural values (namely dimensions), installed power and standard day performance figures, installed or proposed armament and mission equipment (if any), global users (from A-to-Z) and series model variants (if any).






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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 200mph
Lo: 100mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (193mph).

    Graph average of 150 miles-per-hour.
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Origin: France
Year: 1935
Type: Medium Bomber Aircraft
Manufacturer(s): Amiot - France
Production: 154
Global Operators:
France; Vichy France
Historical Commitments / Honors:

Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
Military lapel ribbon for the Arab-Israeli War
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Britain
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Midway
Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cuban Missile Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
Military lapel ribbon for the WASP (WW2)
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2
Military lapel ribbon for the Yom Kippur
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Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Amiot 143 model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
4 - 6


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
59.91 ft


Meters
18.26 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
80.48 ft


Meters
24.53 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
18.64 ft


Meters
5.68 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
13,448 lb


Kilograms
6,100 kg


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
21,385 lb


Kilograms
9,700 kg

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Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
2 x Gnome-Rhone Kirs 14-cylinder radial engines developing 870 horsepower each.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
193 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
310 kph


Knots
167 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
1,243 mi


Kilometers
2,000 km


Nautical Miles
1,080 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
25,919 ft


Meters
7,900 m


Miles
4.91 mi

Supported Weapon Systems:

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Armament - Hardpoints (2):

1 x 7.5mm MAC 1934 machine gun in nose turret
1 x 7.5mm MAC 1934 machine gun in dorsal turret
1 x 7.5mm MAC 1934 machine gun in fore ventral gondola
1 x 7.5mm MAC 1934 machine gun in aft ventral gondola

Maximum internal and external bomb loadout of 3,527lbs.
Variants: Series Model Variants
• Amiot 140 - Initial Production Model Version of 1931.
• Amiot 143 - Re-engined Production Model Version of 1935.