Aermacchi MB-326

Aermacchi MB-326

CountryItaly
RoleAdvanced trainer/Light attack
First flight10 December 1957
Built800

The Aermacchi or Macchi MB-326 is a light military jet trainer designed in Italy. Originally conceived as a two-seat trainer, there have also been single and two-seat light attack versions produced. It is one of the most commercially successful aircraft of its type, being bought by more than 10 countries and produced under licence in Australia, Brazil and South Africa. It set many category records, including an altitude record of 56,807 ft (17,315 m) on 18 March 1966. More than 800 MB-326s were constructed between 1961–1975.

Source: Aermacchi MB-326 on Wikipedia

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The Aermacchi MB-326 is a light military jet trainer and light attack aircraft designed in Italy by engineer Ermanno Bazzocchi. It first flew on 10 December 1957 and entered service in 1962. It was powered by a single Rolls-Royce Viper turbojet engine and had a two-seat tandem cockpit with ejection seats. It had a low-wing monoplane configuration with swept wings and tail surfaces.
It could carry up to 908 kg of weapons on four underwing hardpoints, including bombs, rockets, missiles and gun pods. It was one of the most commercially successful jet trainers of its time, being exported to more than 10 countries and produced under licence in Australia, Brazil and South Africa. It also set several records for its category, such as an altitude record of 17,315 m on 18 March 1966. The MB-326 was later developed into the improved MB-339 model.

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