STATUS: Active, Limited Service
MANUFACTURER(S): Aermacchi - Italy
OPERATORS: Italy; Argentina; Australia; Dubai; Ghana; South Africa; Tunisia; Zaire; Zambia
LENGTH: 35.01 feet (10.67 meters)
WIDTH: 35.60 feet (10.85 meters)
HEIGHT: 12.20 feet (3.72 meters)
WEIGHT (EMPTY): 6,535 pounds (2,964 kilograms)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 12,996 pounds (5,895 kilograms)
ENGINE: 1 x Rolls-Royce Viper 632-42 turbojet engine developing 4,000lb of thrust.
SPEED (MAX): 553 miles-per-hour (890 kilometers-per-hour; 481 knots)
RANGE: 677 miles (1,090 kilometers; 589 nautical miles)
CEILING: 41,010 feet (12,500 meters; 7.77 miles)
RATE-OF-CLIMB: 6,500 feet-per-minute (1,981 meters-per-minute)
Detailing the development and operational history of the Aermacchi MB.326 Advanced Trainer / Light Ground Attack Aircraft.
Entry last updated on 5/13/2018.
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The Aermacchi MB.326 series of aircraft has become one of the most successful blends of operational trainer and light attack capabilities. Developed during the Cold War in 1957, the Aermacchi-produced two-seat trainer was already being designed with frontline light strike duty in mind. As the trainer went into production and service, the results were impressive enough to warrant the development of the single seat K model.
The MB.326K (or MB-326K) was a single-seat, single-engine derivative of the twin seat trainer brand. The removal of the instructor's seating position at rear allowed for increased stowage for more avionics systems and more fuel stores. The additional of twin 30mm DEFA cannons was also introduced with the K model to compliment the already existing and impressive 6-hardpoint configuration.
Finding some success in the export market, the system was also produced under license by Atlas for South Africa. Equally effective as a trainer or light strike aircraft, the Aermacchi MB.326 series made a name for itself in either role. It was succeeded by the upgraded Aermacchi MB.339 series of aircraft.
Incidentaly, the "B" prefix in the designation is derived from its designer - Doctor Ing Ermano Bazzochi.
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Values are derrived from a variety of categories related to the design, overall function, and historical influence of this aircraft in aviation history.
The MF Power Rating takes into account over sixty individual factors related to this aircraft entry. The rating is out of 100 total possible points.
This entry's maximum listed speed (553mph).
Graph average of 562.5 miles-per-hour.
Graph showcases the Aermacchi MB.326K's operational range (on internal fuel) when compared to distances between major cities.
Useful in showcasing the era cross-over of particular aircraft/aerospace designs.
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