C&C Models (RC) 1/5.5 Macchi MB.339A
Trainer/Light Strike
by Marc Lumia


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AerMacchi built Advanced Trainer and Light Strike aircraft. The MB.339 is a worthy successor to the MB.326 and the long line of brilliant fighters and racers from this stable. The plane's first flight was 12 August 1976 and the plane entered service in 1979 with manufacture beginning in 1978. The plane was designed to replace the MB.326 and the G-91T in Italian Service.

The structure of the MB.339 is conventional with all metal construction sharing some common components with the MB.326. The plane has a straight edge wing with wing-tip fuel tanks and intakes at the wing roots. The plane sits low on a tri-cycle under-carriage. The plane is powered by one Rolls-Royce Viper Mk. 632 turbojet providing 4,000 lbf (17.8 kN) thrust.

The plane can carry two 7.62mm guns or two 30mm DEFA cannons in under-wing gun-pods (MB.339CD) similar to those carried on the MB.326K. The plane can also carry up to 1,800 kg (4,000 lb) of weapons on six hardpoints, including AIM-9 Sidewinders or R.550 Magic air-to-air missiles, AGM-65 Maverick air-to-ground missiles, Sea Killer anti-ship missiles, Matra Durandal anti-runway bombs, BAP 100 cluster bombs, BAT 120 anti-vehicle bombs, general-purpose bombs and pods for Zuni or SNEB unguided rockets.

Continuing the export success of the MB.326, the MB.339 has been exported to Eritrea, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates, Argentina, Dubai, Ghana, Peru, New Zealand and Nigeria. A total of 230 MB.339s were constructed with construction ending in 2004. The plane is still operated in Eritrea, Italy, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates and the United States (Draken International - 9 ex-New Zealand Air Force).











Construction

About my models, I have two of them, built and paint by myself, starting from a basic kit from an Italian company nammed C&C Models, headed by Mr. Bruno Cavuto. The 1st one (on the photo) is with the camo scheme from the 80's, the second one is all grey as used today in Italy.

With the 1st plane I finished at the 6th place at the French national championship.

About my MB.339 models, both are RC aircraft, at a scale of 1/5.5 size: 2.2m x 2m, weight 11.5kg, using a miniature turbojet engine of 8kg of thrust. This is for scale competition, especially the French Championship.

Technical Data

Aircraft: Aermacchi MB-339A
Manufacturer: Alenia Aermacchi
Type: Advanced Trainer/Light Attack
Year: 1979
Engine: Rolls-Royce Viper Mk. 632 turbojet, 4,000 lbf (17.8 kN)
Wingspan: 35 ft 7 in (10.86 m)
Length: 36 ft 0 in (10.97 m)
Height: 11 ft 9 in (3.60 m)
Weight: 13,000 lb (5,897 kg) (Loaded)
Maximum Speed: 575 mph (926 km/h) Mach 0.82
Ceiling: 48,000 ft (14,630 m)
Range: 1,093 miles (1,760 km)
Armament: 2 x 7.62mm MGs; 1,800 kg (4,000 lb) of weapons on six hardpoints; Rockets: pods for Zuni or SNEB unguided rockets; Missiles: 2 x AIM-9 Sidewinder or R.550 Magic air-to-air missiles; AGM-65 Maverick air-to-surface missile; various laser-guided bombs and rockets, Marte Mk.2 anti-ship missile
Crew: 2


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November, 2019
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