Macchi M.B.323

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Macchi MB.323
AerMacchi MB 323.jpg
Role Training monoplane
National origin Italy
Manufacturer Macchi
First flight 1952
Number built 2[1]

The Macchi MB.323 was an Italian single-engine basic training monoplane designed and built by Macchi. No orders were placed and only a prototype was built.

Design and development[edit]

Designed as a basic trainer to complement the M.416 in Italian military service, the MB.323 first flew in 1952. It was a single-engine, low-wing cantilever monoplane powered by a nose-mounted Pratt & Whitney Wasp radial engine and a retractable tailwheel landing gear. It had two tandem cockpits covered by a sliding one-piece canopy. The type was evaluated against the Fiat G.49 which was preferred by the air force and the MB.323 did not enter production.

Operators[edit]

 Italy

Specifications[edit]

Data from Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1953-54 [2]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2 (instructor, student)
  • Length: 9.80 m (32 ft 2 in)
  • Wingspan: 12.40 m (40 ft 8 in)
  • Height: 4.04 m (13 ft 3 in)
  • Wing area: 22 m2 (237 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 1,690 kg (3,718 lb)
  • Gross weight: 2,250 kg (4,950 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney R-1340-AN-1 Wasp radial engine, 455 kW (610 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 374 km/h (232 mph)
  • Cruising speed: 326 km/h (202 mph)
  • Range: 1,080 km (670 miles)
  • Service ceiling: 7,500 m (24,600 ft)

Armament

  • 1 × 7.9 mm machine gun in port wing
  • Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

    References[edit]

    1. ^ a b Official website Aeronautica Militare
    2. ^ Bridgman 1953, p.163.
    • Bridgman, Leonard (ed.) (1953). Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1953-54. London: Jan's. 
    • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. 
    • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing.