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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
 
Description:

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 in the 9 kN (2,000 lbf) thrust class, a low, straight wing, and the two seats in tandem.

South Africa's Atlas Aircraft locally assembled 150 MB-326M as the Impala Mk.I, starting in 1966.

 


Images:

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.