The Aermacchi MB.326 is one of the first and most important successes of the Italian aircraft industry in the early postwar period, the "Fiat 500" air. Already at the beginning of the decade of the 50s, with the consolidation of aircraft jet propulsion in the first line, required a radical change in training programs for pilots. Aeronautica Macchi participava The coaching programs since 1949 with the licensed production of the Fokker S.11 and maintenance of the North American T-6 "Texan" The Italian company realized that the ideal solution would be a concrete proposal for a jet trainer, so when it became available Rolce Royce Viper turbojet, and the hand of the designer Ermanno Bazzocchi presents coach Macchi MB.326 in 1956 to the "Italian Air Force coach able to provide students with a comprehensive training for all types of missions. The prototype showed excellent skills. And in 1960, the Air Force approved a request of 100 MB 326 A. The first exports began slowly with a small batch of Tunisia in 1965, and small quantities of other African countries, in which South Africa became the first major order to Macchi, ordering 40 units and obtaining the license for Atlas with an additional total of another 125 aircraft (dubbed locally as "Impala"), then it was the turn of the Australian RAAF prefers instead of English-Jet Provost, ordering 87 units. But the biggest client was Brazil MB.326 In 1970 a production license accordo for nascent Embraer, for the construction of 182 units known locally as "Xavante", this collaboration between Embraer and Macchi, then create a more interesting .... AMX. Finally, the program MB.326 all versions reaches more than 600 aircraft .... a nice record for this trainer Aermacchi! Posting this a cutaway of Weal, modified to carry the standard of the MB-326A Original Greetings MC72

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