Technical Specifications
Name : MB-308
Family : Touring aircraft
Manufacturer : Aeronautica Macchi
Nation : Italy
Production Year : 1947
Length : 6,52 m
Span : 10 m
Height : 2,175 m
Wing Area : 13,72 m²
Empty : 367 kg
Maximum Take-off :  600 kg
CNA D.4 60 HP
Maximum Speed : 175 km/h
Range : 450 km

The Macchi MB-308 touring and training monoplane was the first new Italian design to fly after the Second World War. The type was a symbol of the rebirth of general aviation in Italy.
The MB-308 was designed by Ermanno Bazzocchi (1913-2005), who based it on the PM-1 which he had studied with Vittorio Calderini in 1938-1939 at the Milan Polytechnic. When he replaced Mario Castoldi (1888-1968) as Technical Director at Macchi in Autumn 1945, he suggested that the company return to aircraft production by building the small two-seater. The fact that chairman Paolo Foresio (1900-1980) accepted is indicative of the overall situation and of the will to stay in the aviation business. When the Allies lifted the ban on private flying, the MB-308 was ready and Guido Carestiato (1911-1980) took it into the air on 19 January 1947 from Venegono.
The new aircraft had an all-wood structure, a high wing and the first series production tricycle gear in Italy. The first MB-308 had Italian CNA D-4 engines, later followed by more readily available and cheaper American engines: first the Continental A-65, then the C-85. Ten MB-308 were fitted with floats and became seaplanes. A total of 182 MB-308 were built, including 46 in Argentina. The largest user was the Italian Air Force, which bought 80 and from 1951 passed 40 on to the Aero Club of Italy.
The MB-308 on display is I-FABR, the very first MB-308. It was built in secret in 1946 and flew on 19 January 1947. The registration honored Fabrizio Foresio, the first son of the chairman. The aircraft was re-engined with a Continental O-170 65 HP in 1956 and ended its career at Forlì in the early 1980s. It was recovered by Aermacchi and restored in 1979-1980. It was eventually refitted with a D-4 engine and displayed at Venegono. It has been on loan to the Museum since 2008.

Thank to: Alenia Aermacchi.

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