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Aermacchi MB326H

Aermacchi MB326H

Engines
1 × Rolls-Royce Viper Mk.11 turbojet
Thrust
11.12 kN (2,500 lb)
Length
10.67 m (35 ft 0 in)
Height
3.71 m (12 ft 2 in)
Wingspan
10.57 m (34 ft 8 in)
Weight
4,300 kg (9,480 lb)
Max Speed
806 km/h (435 kt)
Ceiling
13,411 m (44,000 ft)
Range
1,512 km (816 nm)

Description of Aircraft

The Aermacchi or Macchi MB-326H is a light military jet aircraft designed in Italy. Originally conceived as a two-seat trainer, there have also been single and two-seat light attack versions produced. It is one of the most commercially successful aircraft of its type being bought by more than 10 countries and produced under licence in Australia, Brazil and South Africa. The first prototype made its maiden flight on 10 December 1957.
A total of 97 Macchis were ordered by the RAAF to replace the Vampire trainers in August 1965. The first 20 were assembled in Australia from Italian production, with the remainder produced by the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC) and Hawker de Havilland with an increasing level of local components. In addition, CAC also built the Macchi’s Rolls Royce Viper turbojet engine under licence.
The Macchi’s main operator was No 2 Flying Training School (No 2 FTS), operating the type from 1970 until the final course on the type in 1991. in the lead-in fighter role by No 2 Operational Conversion Unit (2OCU), No 5 Operational Training Unit (5OTU), and Nos 25, 76, 77 and 79 Squadrons.
The aircraft was replaced in this role by the British Aerospace Hawk from 2001.
A7-062 was built in Australia under licence by the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation. The aircraft’s first flight was on the 29 September 1969 and it was delivered to the RAAF on 9 October 1969. The aircraft served with No 2 Operational Conversion Unit (2OCU), No 77 Squadron and No 76 Squadron at RAAF Williamtown and was withdrawn from service on 24 May 1999. The aircraft on display is fitted with 4 x BDU33 practice bombs and a 7.62mm pod mounted minigun.

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