Design and development
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.
Data from Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1953-54.
- Crew: 2
- 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: 22.0 m2 (237 sq ft)
- Empty weight: 1,690 kg (3,726 lb)
- Gross weight: 2,250 kg (4,960 lb)
- Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney R-1340-AN-1 Wasp nine-cylinder radial engine, 450 kW (610 hp)
- Maximum speed: 374 km/h (232 mph, 202 kn) at 2,900 m (9,500 ft)
- Cruise speed: 326 km/h (203 mph, 176 kn) at 2,000 m (6,600 ft) (70% power)
- Range: 1,080 km (670 mi, 580 nmi)
- Service ceiling: 7,500 m (24,600 ft)
- Time to altitude: 2 min 2 s to 1,000 m (3,300 ft)
- Guns: 1 × 7.9 mm machine gun in port wing
- Bombs: racks for practice bombs
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- Official website Aeronautica Militare
- Bridgman 1953, p.163.