|TRAINER, LIGHT ATTACK PLANE||Virtual Aircraft Museum / Italy / Macchi|
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
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.
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