Breguet-Michelin 4

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Breguet-Michelin 4
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Role Bomber/Reconnaissance
Manufacturer Breguet
Introduction Apr 1916[1]
Primary users Roundel of the French Air Force before 1945.svg France
Roundel of Romania.svg Romania
Number built ~200[2]
Wingspan 18.8 m (61 ft 9 in) [3]
Engine 220hp Renault 8Gd
Armament front turrent 8mm Hotchkiss MG
290 kg (640 lb) of bombs[3]
Crew 2
Max Speed 135 km/h (84 mph)[2][3]
Climb 2,000 m (6,560 ft) in 22:00[3] to 28:00[2]
Ceiling 3,900 m (12,800 ft)[2][3]
Range 675 km (420 mi)[2][3]

The Breguet-Michelin 4 (BM4) was developed from a 1915 design, but production delays and problems in testing delayed its debut until April 1916. Being somewhat obsolete by 1916, they were not well-liked by their crews. But that did not prevent 200 of them from being built and deployed and used extensively until they could eventually be replaced by Breguet 14's or late-model Voisins. Remarkably, it was not until May 1918 that the last unit gave up their BM4's.[2]

While it started as a day bomber, its limitations became rapidly evident and it was soon relegated to night bombing.[4]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Breguet Bre.4.

Timeline [note 1] [note 2]

Game Data

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Unofficial Stats
Availability Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
16Q2-18Q2 XC B 9 9 7

Plane and Crew Cards

Miniatures and Models

1:144 Scale

1:285/6mm/1:288 Scale

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Notes
  1. Plane counts are approximate and based of escadrille usage in Davilla'97.
  2. Usage chart combines Breguet BM2-5 and related planes, since escadrilles had a mix of types.
Citations
  1. Davilla, p.91.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Davilla, p.92.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Lamberton, pp.216-218.
  4. Angelucci, p.76.
Bibliography
  • Enzo Angelucci, ed. The Rand McNally Encyclopedia of Military Aircraft, 1914-1980. New York: The Military Press, 1983 edition. ISBN 0-517-41021-4.
  • Dr. James J. Davilla and Arthur M. Soltan. French Aircraft of the First World War. Flying Machines Press, 1997. ISBN 0-9637110-4-0.
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Reconnaissance & Bomber Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Ltd., 1962. ISBN 9780900435027