• Short Summary

    A Macchi MB 326 trainer aircraft, powered by a Bristol Siddeley Viper 11 turbojet, has gained - subject to official confirmation - the world's altitude record for its class, C/1-D Group 1, by reaching a height of 56,300 ft.

  • Description

    A Macchi MB 326 trainer aircraft, powered by a Bristol Siddeley Viper 11 turbojet, has gained - subject to official confirmation - the world's altitude record for its class, C/1-D Group 1, by reaching a height of 56,300 ft.

    Flying the aircraft was Cmdt M Ralli, an Aermacchi test pilot, who made the record-breaking attempt from the company's aerodrome at Venegono, north Italy, on Friday 18th March.

    This is the second time that the MB 326 has captured the record - on 4th August 1961 Cmdt Carestiato, Aermacchi's Chief Test Pilot, achieved a height of 50,024 ft.

    Already in service as an ab initio trainer with Italian, Tunisian and Ghanaian air forces as well as the Italian national airline, Alitalia, the MB 326 has also been selected as a trainer for the Australian and South African air forces.

    Vipers for the MB 326 are being produced under licence in Italy by Piaggio Spa of Genoa.

    Engines of the Viper family power trainer aircraft of 14 of the world's air forces, the Hawker Siddeley HS 125 and the Piaggio PD 808 business jets and the Jindivik target drone.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA10DOGGEZEXYTI2GTK1SXOKGBE
    Media URN:
    VLVA10DOGGEZEXYTI2GTK1SXOKGBE
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/01/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:06:25:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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