The Macchi MB.308, later Aermacchi MB-308, was a light aircraft produced in Italy in the late 1940s, one of the most prolific Italian-built types of the following decade.
|Aermacchi MB-308 in flight at the Historical Aircraft Group FlyParty 2014|
|Manufacturer||Macchi, German Bianco|
|First flight||19 January 1947|
|Primary users||Aeronautica Militare Italiana|
Private pilot owners
It was a conventional high-wing cantilever monoplane with fixed tricycle undercarriage. Construction throughout was of wood. The pilot and a single passenger or instructor sat side by side, and later examples had a third seat behind them.
The MB.308 was ordered in quantity by the Aeronautica Militare, which leased them out to Italy's aeroclubs. A modified version with a higher-powered engine was put into production in Argentina, under licence to sailplane manufacturer German Bianco.
- Aeronautica Militare Italiana - received 81 aircraft in 1948 and were retired in 1954
Specifications (MB.308 - C85 engine)
- Crew: 2
- Length: 6.53 m (21 ft 5 in)
- Wingspan: 10.00 m (32 ft 10 in)
- Height: 2.18 m (7 ft 2 in)
- Wing area: 13.72 m2 (147.7 sq ft)
- Empty weight: 410 kg (904 lb)
- Gross weight: 650 kg (1,433 lb)
- Fuel capacity: 80 litres (21 US gal; 18 imp gal)
- Powerplant: 1 × Continental C85 air-cooled flat-four, 63 kW (85 hp)
- Maximum speed: 197 km/h (122 mph, 106 kn)
- Cruise speed: 164 km/h (102 mph, 89 kn) (70% power)
- Range: 760 km (470 mi, 410 nmi)
- Service ceiling: 4,500 m (14,800 ft)
- Time to altitude: 6 minutes to 1,000 m (3,300 ft)
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