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Medium Bomber Aircraft (1935)


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The Amiot 143 was wholly inadequate by the time of the German invasions throughout Europe.



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 06/12/2016 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com; the following text is exclusive to this site.
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 Losses were terrible and for the four French squadrons fielding the outdated system so much so that the aircraft was relegated to a limited night-flying bombing campaign.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.

Specifications



Service Year
1935

Origin
France national flag graphic
France

Crew
4 - 6

Production
154
UNITS


Amiot - France
National flag of France France; Vichy France
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Ground Attack (Bombing, Strafing)
Ability to conduct aerial bombing of ground targets by way of (but not limited to) guns, bombs, missiles, rockets, and the like.


Length
59.9 ft
(18.26 m)
Width/Span
80.5 ft
(24.53 m)
Height
18.6 ft
(5.68 m)
Empty Wgt
13,448 lb
(6,100 kg)
MTOW
21,385 lb
(9,700 kg)
Wgt Diff
+7,937 lb
(+3,600 kg)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the base Amiot 143 production variant)
Installed: 2 x Gnome-Rhone Kirs 14-cylinder radial engines developing 870 horsepower each.
Max Speed
193 mph
(310 kph | 167 kts)
Ceiling
25,919 ft
(7,900 m | 5 mi)
Range
1,243 mi
(2,000 km | 3,704 nm)


♦ MACH Regime (Sonic)
Sub
Trans
Super
Hyper
HiHyper
ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030


(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the base Amiot 143 production variant. Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database. View aircraft by powerplant type)
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.


Supported Types


Graphical image of an aircraft medium machine gun
Graphical image of an aircraft conventional drop bomb munition


(Not all ordnance types may be represented in the showcase above)
Hardpoint Mountings: 2


Amiot 140 - Initial Production Model Version of 1931.
Amiot 143 - Re-engined Production Model Version of 1935.


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