GLEEN-MARTIN 167F

 


Technical Specifications
Type
Medium Bomber three-seater with low wings and retractable landing geart
Date first flight
March 14, 1939
Wingspan
18.69 m 
Lenght
14.22 m 
Height
5.01 m 
Wing Area
47.60 m2 
Empty Weight
4890 Kg 
Max. Takeoff Weight
7124 Kg 
Cruising Speed
408 km/h. 
Maximum Speed
489 km/h at 3500m
Climbing Speed
Service ceilling
8850 m 
Range
1000 kms with maximum bomb load
Crew
3 Men
Motorization
2 Radial Engine Pratt & Whitney R-1830-SC-3G of 1065 Cv
Armament
4 machine-guns Browning FN de 7.5mm in the wings (200 rounds)
1 machine-gun MAC 34 in a upper turret (500 rounds)
1 machine-gun MAC 34 in a lower turret (500 rounds)
16 x 50Kgs or 64 x 10Kgs of bombs

 


Production

245 aircraft were manufactured divided into two orders placed in the United States by the French Air Force:

- 115 Glenn Martin early 1939, followed by 130 other machines after the declaration of war

The first nine machines were delivered to Le Havre and then conveyed to Carpiquet for assembly. It was then decided to set up an assembly line in Casablanca. This functioned from January 1940

To date, out of the 245 aircraft manufactured ,67 are listed in the list below :

 


Historical

The Glenn Martin 167 was launched in the US to respond to a 1937 program launched by the USAAC to obtain a twin-engine Bomber. Among the models selected, there is also the one that will become the B25. France quickly became interested in the Glenn-Martin 167F. It corresponded to the A3 / B3 program launched in 1936: a twin-engine reconnaissance and bombardment twin-engine capable of flying at 470 km / h with 4 hours of autonomy. An order was therefore made in early 1939 for the acquisition of 115 Glenn-Matin 167 to be delivered in the second half of 1939, even before the prototype made its first flight (March 14, 1939). The aircraft was not finally retained by the USAAC, and after the declaration of war in Europe, a second French order was passed for the delivery of 130 additional GL167 to be delivered before the end of 1940.

The first series aircraft came out of production lines in August 1939, but the United States embargo for the delivery of military equipment to countries at war delayed the delivery of the first aircraft, and the first were delivered in December 1939. The logistical scheme originally planned was a delivery in cash at Le Havre for an assembly in the Caen region, which was the case for this first batch. But finally, it is decided to assemble the aircraft in Casablanca, with an operational site from January 1940.

Although initially intended to equip the Reconnaissance Groups, they were assigned to the Bombardment Group in North Africa, near their manufacturing site. In May 1940, 77 Glenn-Martin were in service.

The bombing groups equipped with the new apparatus were transferred to the metropolis from May 1940. Their campaign was short with a first battle led by the GB I / 63 on 13 May and a return of the AFN groups from 13 June 1940 in order to fight against the Italians, who declared war very late ...

At the end of the hostilities, 245 Glenn-Martin were delivered, some of which were still in the box at the end of hostilities. About 40 machines were lost during the fighting.

The conditions of Armistice imposed a preservation in North Africa, of Bombing Groups equipped with Glenn-Martin 167F. These aircraft participated in some combats against the allies in Dakar in September 1941 or in Syria in June 1941.

Finally, some aircraft were transformed for the transport of personalities for use in specialized transport units: SSLA and SAM.

 


Versions

The Glenn Martin 167F was only used by the French Air Force in one version

 


Bibliography

Editions : AJ PRESS. "Martin 167 Maryland n°96"
Authors : Jiri Krzysztof Adam Chodil Janowicz Jarski

 

 


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