Macchi M.B.323

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.

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

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.

Operators

 Italy

Specifications

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

General characteristics

  • 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)

Performance

  • 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)

Armament

  • Guns: 1 × 7.9 mm machine gun in port wing
  • Bombs: racks for practice bombs

See also

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

References

  • Bridgman, Leonard (ed.) (1953). Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1953-54. London: Jan's.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions.
  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing.
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