Design and development
Designed as a basic trainer to complement the M.416 in Italian military service, the MB.323 first flew in 1952. It was a single-engine, low-wing cantilever monoplane powered by a nose-mounted Pratt & Whitney Wasp radial engine and a retractable tailwheel landing gear. It had two tandem cockpits covered by a sliding one-piece canopy. The type was evaluated against the Fiat G.49 which was preferred by the air force and the MB.323 did not enter production.
Data from Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1953-54 
- Crew: 2 (instructor, student)
- Length: 9.80 m (32 ft 2 in)
- Wingspan: 12.40 m (40 ft 8 in)
- Height: 4.04 m (13 ft 3 in)
- Wing area: 22 m2 (237 ft2)
- Empty weight: 1,690 kg (3,718 lb)
- Gross weight: 2,250 kg (4,950 lb)
- Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney R-1340-AN-1 Wasp radial engine, 455 kW (610 hp)
- Maximum speed: 374 km/h (232 mph)
- Cruising speed: 326 km/h (202 mph)
- Range: 1,080 km (670 miles)
- Service ceiling: 7,500 m (24,600 ft)
- 1 × 7.9 mm machine gun in port wing
- Bridgman 1953, p.163.
- Bridgman, Leonard (ed.) (1953). Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1953-54. London: Jan's.
- Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions.
- The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing.