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Aircraft Stats:

Powerplant: 1 x 3,410 lb Rolls Royce Viper turbojet Mk540
Speed: 770 kph, 478mph mph
Range: 1 665km, 1,035miles
Seats: 2
Length: 10.65m, 34ft 11in
Span: 10.56m, 8ft 8in
Empty Weight: 2 239kg, 4,930lb
Max T/O Weight: 3 765kg, 8,300lb
Period of Service: 1966 - 2005

Impala Mk I

Status: Retired
Manufacturer: Atlas
Country of Manufacture: South Africa
Role: Training

Aermacchi began design work on the MB-326 in 1954 and it first flew in December 1957. Conventional in appearance, the MB-326 had a single Bristol-Siddeley Viper turbojet engine, a low, straight wing, and the two seats in tandem.

The SAAF acquired 151 MB-326M aircraft, locally known as the Impala Mk I. Approximately 16 were either manufactured in Italy or were asembled in SA from Italian kits, starting i  1966, with the balance of the 151 aircraft acquired built locally by Atlas Aircraft Corporation.



Impala MkI 545 taken at AFB Hoedspruit on 3 October 2005. Impala MkI of 24 Squadron, AFB Waterkloof. Impala MkIs of the Silver Falcons in 2002. Impala MkI of the Silver Falcons in 2004. SAAF Museum Impala MkI 460 at AFB Ysterplaat.