The Aermacchi MB.339 had its origin in a study contract issued by the Italian Air Force for a second-generation trainer and light attack aircraft to succeed the MB.326 and the Fiat G.91T, for service in the 1980s. The company undertook nine separate design studies, each with a different powerplant option, and the Viper-powered version was selected. A redesigned forward fuselage provided the instructor in
the rear seat with better all-round visibility, and the avionics suite was completely upgraded. The single-seat version was designated MB.339K. Customers include Argentina, Peru, Dubai, Ghana, Malaysia and Nigeria.
Robert Jackson "The Encyclopedia of Aircraft", 2004
|A three-view drawing (752 x 1282)|
| ENGINE||1 x Rolls-Royce Viper 632-43 turbojet, 1814kg|
| Take-off weight||5895 kg||12996 lb|
| Loaded weight||3215 kg||7088 lb|
| Wingspan||10.86 m||36 ft 8 in|
| Length||10.97 m||36 ft 0 in|
| Height||3.99 m||13 ft 1 in|
| Wing area||19.30 m2||207.74 sq ft|
| Max. speed||971 km/h||603 mph|
| Ceiling||14630 m||48000 ft|
| Range||1760 km||1094 miles|
| Range w/max.fuel||2110 km||1311 miles|
| ARMAMENT||up to 1800kg of weapons|
|Paul Scott, 23.05.2013|
Neat little underrated aeroplane from the Italian avaiation industry.
|Vern Sanders, 10.05.2011|
This A/C has been superseded by the M346 which is a much improved version of a Russian design purchased by AerMacchi S.p.A and extensively redesigned at their facility in Venegono Superiore near Varese, Italy
|Kristine Zamarin, 16.10.2010|
All very interesting since my name is Christine Macchi and my father was Luigi Macchi born in La Salle, Illinois. Just wanted to see if there was any stock to be had in this company. Just curious since my maiden name is Macchi.
Thanks you Christine Macchi
|Dave DiMarchi, 16.08.2008|
I flew the MB-339 in both contact and formation in the '88-'90 time frame. A fine, capable trainer and light attack aircraft. Fun and forgiving. Dated avionics - typical for its age.
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FACTS AND FIGURES
© The MB.339 introduced a 33cm stepped SICAMB/Martin-Baker Mk 10 'zero-zero' ejection seat.
© Lockheed sought to sell licence-built MB.339s to the US as the 'T-bird II'
© Just one of many export customers, Eritrea bought six MB.339s in March 1996.
© Six Argentine MB.339A fighter trainers were used as warplanes against the British in the 1982 Falklands War.
© The MB.339K is a single-seat version designed exclusively for light attack.
© Operators of the MB.339 include Dubai, Ghana, Malaysia, Nigeria and Peru.