Macchi M.B.320


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The M.B.320 was a six-place light twin-engined utility aircraft first flown in 1949.  It was well-liked but produced in very small numbers because of the intense competition among aircraft in this category in the post-World-War-II years, especially from designs left over from the war.

“VEMA-51” F-OAHN

This aircraft, displayed at the Paris air show in 1951, was labeled as a Société Française de Construction Aéronautique Lignel VEMA-51, which was to be license-built in France from the Macchi design.  Most sources say that none of these planned aircraft were actually built, so this may have been a Macchi-built M.B.320 brought to the show to display what a VEMA-51 would look like.  It might be the second M.B.320 built, I-MACH, which is recorded as being registered F-OAHN and subsequently F-BDFN in France. 

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