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.
- 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
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
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- Official website Aeronautica Militare
- Bridgman 1953, p.163.
- 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.