Bloch MB 160/162
Type MB 160 Crew: 4 ( Pilot, Co-pilot/navigator, Flight engineer, Radio-operator) plus up to 24 passengers MB 162 5 seat bomber
Engine 4 Hispano-Suiza  12Xirs with 3-bladed Hamilton 4  Gnome-Rhône 14N-48/49
Dimensions Length 26,50 m , height 4,90 m ,  span 27,50 m , wing area 105 m2  , Length 21,91 m, height 3,76 m, span 28,10 m, wing area 109 m2
Weights Empty 9400 kg, loaded 14500 kg , max. take off weight   Empty 11890 kg, loaded 19040 kg
Performance Max.. speed 355 km/h at 2100 m , cruising speed 310 km/h at 2000 m , range 1700 km, endurance  , service ceiling  5800 m , climb Max. speed 551 km/h at 5500 m, range 2399 km, service ceiling 9000 m, climb to 2000 m  5 min. 48 sec., to 5000 m18 min.
Armament None 2 × 7.5 mm  MAC 1934 machine guns in nose and ventral positions
2 × 20 mm Hispano-Suiza HS.404 cannon in ventral and dorsal positions
Bombs: 3,600 kg  of bombs
Type Werk.Nr Registration History
Bloch 160 2 F-AREO First aircraft of the series, which made its first flight on June 23, 1939. It was requisitioned in 1939 by the Air Force and used until the Armistice. Based in Toulouse, it was later used by the Vichy government before being transferred to Germany in 1943, after the invasion of the Free Zone on November 11, 1942.
Bloch 162 01 PG+IE Used by a Gruppe Gartenfeld ? Later by KG 200
This four-engine bomber made his first flight to Villacoublay on June 1, 1940. It was quickly deported to Bordeaux where it was captured by the Germans. There is a small series of manufacturer photographs of this aircraft, probably taken in 1942, but they are retouched so that the aircraft appears without any nationality markings, the fuselage of uniform color with a dark colored ring around the tail, in front of the empennage. This retouch gives it an appearance milky reminiscent of the similarly retouched views of Bloch 157 and Bloch 177.
In March 1943, it was seen on the ground of Châteauroux-Déols (where were the factories SNCASO, ex-Bloch) It was wearing the code PG + IE and was part of the Luftflotte 3. It was then taken into account by the KG 200, at the same time as the Bloch 160 n ° 2 (F-AREO) previously stored in Toulouse-Francazal. It does not appear that these two aircraft were actually used by this unit.