Aermacchi M.B.339 facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsMB-339
|An MB-339CD of the Italian Air Force|
|Role||Advanced trainer and light attack aircraft|
|First flight||12 August 1976|
|Status||Active in production|
|Primary users||Italian Air Force
Royal Malaysian Air Force
Eritrean Air Force
United Arab Emirates Air Force
|Unit cost||$8.3 million|
|Developed from||Aermacchi MB-326|
Aermacchi M.B.339 was built by Alenia Aermacchi. The creation of this type was requested by the Aernautica Militaire. They wanted to use it as new trainer.
Based on Aermacchi M.B. 326, M.B. 339 is a direct successor of this type. The changes made on the cockpit, front parts and tail-end result in new product. The delivery has started in 1978. From 1982, those planes became the main plane of the Italian flight group Frecce Tricolori. This plane has been exported in 8 countries. The later types like M.B. 339 CD/FD have been produced only for Frecce Tricolori and can be seen as 4th generation fighters.
Technical data (M.B.339A)
|Wing area||19,30 m²|
|Weight (empty)||3.125 kg|
|Max takeoff weight||5.900 kg|
|Service ceiling||14.630 m|
|Powerplant||1*Rolls Royce Viper 632-43|
|Weapons||1800 kg rockets or bombs|
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Italian Air Force Boeing 707 refuelling MB-339s
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