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Alenia Aermacchi Aircraft Information

Alenia Aermacchi

Industry Aerospace

Headquarters: Varese

Key people: Giorgio Brazzelli (Chairman), Carmelo Cosentino (CEO), Massimo Lucchesini (General Manager)

Parent: Finmeccanica


Alenia Aermacchi is a company designing and producing trainer aircraft for military pilots.


Alenia Aermacchi has sold about 2,000 trainers to more than 40 countries and has collaborated in major international military programs.

In July 2003, Alenia Aermacchi was integrated into the Finmeccanica Group, which increased its shareholding to 99%. The company’s facilities are located at Venegono Superiore (Varese province). Its workforce totals about 1,800 and its plants occupy an area of 274,000 mІ.

Facilities include laboratories and workshops for structural tests and a wind and a water tunnel in addition to an airfield for flight test activities.

Military trainers

Picture – Aermacchi SF-260.

Since the beginning, the design and production of military trainers have been Alenia Aermacchi’s core business.

The products include:

SF-260, piston-engined or turboprop-powered screener/primary trainer

MB-326, turbofan engined trainer and light attack aircraft

M-311, basic turbofan trainer

MB-339CD, advanced and lead-in fighter trainer

M-346, advanced and lead-in fighter trainer of the new generation

Picture – Frecce Tricolori MB-339A/PAN.

Military collaboration

Alenia Aermacchi has cooperated in international military programs:

AMX Program

Alenia Aermacchi takes part in the AMX program with Alenia Aeronautica and Embraer of Brazil with a total share of 24%. Alenia Aermacchi develops and manufactures the fuselage forward and rear sections and installs some avionic equipment in the aircraft. A Mid-Life Updating program is required by the Italian Air Force to upgrade the aircraft capabilities.

Panavia Tornado program

Alenia Aermacchi designs and produces wing pylons and wing tips, roots, trailing edges and flaps, which represent a 5% share in the overall program.

Eurofighter program

Picture – Aermacchi M-346.

Alenia Aermacchi has a share, exceeding 4% in, for the design and development of wing pylons, twin missile and twin store carriers, ECM pods, carbon fiber structures and titanium engine cowlings.

C-27J program

After participating in the G-222 transport aircraft program, the company is involved in the new Military Transport Aircraft C-27J Spartan, for the production of outer wings.

Civil programs

Since the mid-1990s, Alenia Aermacchi has participated in programs for the supply of engine nacelles for civil aircraft. It produces cold parts for engine nacelles: inlets, fan cowls and EBU, the systems-to-engine interface.

In 1999, the company established a joint venture (MHD) with Hurel-Dubois (presently Hurel-Hispano, of SNECMA group), a French company specializing in the development and manufacture of thrust reversers, to obtain the full responsibility for the development of nacelles installed on maximum 100-seat aircraft.

Aermacchi aircraft

During World War I

Macchi M.5 – flying boat fighter (1917)

Macchi M.6 – flying boat fighter prototype (1917)

Macchi M.7 – flying boat fighter (1918)

Macchi M.14 – sesquiplane fighter (1918)


Macchi M.7bis – Schneider Trophy racing seaplane (1920)

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Macchi M.15 – reconnaissance, bomber, and trainer aircraft (1922)

Macchi M.17bis – Schneider Trophy racing seaplane (1922)

Macchi M7ter – flying boat fighter (1923), major redesign of M.7

Macchi M.26 – flying boat fighter prototype (1924)

Macchi M.33 – Schneider Trophy racing seaplane (1925)

Macchi M.39 – Schneider Trophy racing seaplane (1926)

Macchi M.41 – flying boat fighter (1927)

Macchi M.52 – Schneider Trophy racing seaplane (1927)

Current Models

Aermacchi M-346 Master – trainer (2004)

Aermacchi MB-339 – trainer (1976)

Aermacchi M-311 – trainer (2005)

Aermacchi SF.260 – aerobatics aircraft and military trainer (1964)

Aermacchi M-290 RediGO – trainer (1985)

Motorcycle history

Picture – Aermacchi Chimera 175 (1957).

Soon after World War II had ended peacetime production began with a three-wheeler truck. Then, anticipating the motor cycle boom and intending to have a stake in it, the Aermacchi chiefs looked for a designer who could produce an attractive lightweight. Their choice was Lino Tonti, who had been at Benelli and had worked on aircraft engines during the war.

Tonti designed a 50 cc motorcycle that broke the land speed record for the displacement.

The bikes produced by Aermacchi were quite successful in the postwar Italian market, partly due to their use on race tracks. The firm designed and produced models incorporating the Italian word Ala (wing) in its names, such as Ala Verde, Ala Blu and Ala d’Oro (respectively green wing, blue wing and golden wing).

In the 1960s, 50% of Aermacchi stock was acquired by Harley-Davidson to produce, in its assembly plant at Schiranna (near Varese), several models of small bikes (with engine displacement between 125cc and 350cc) for the American and the European market. This was an attempt to take back market sectors that were at the time increasingly being taken by Japanese manufacturers such as Honda and Yamaha. Aermacchi went on to have success in the Grand Prix motorcycle racing world with rider Renzo Pasolini finishing 2nd in the 1972 250 cc Roadracing World Championship.

After 1974, when the American manufacturer acquired complete control of the Italian company, Aermacchi bikes re-badged as Harley-Davidsons won the 250 cc Roadracing World Championship three years in a row in 1974, 1975 and 1976. They also won the 350 cc World Championship in 1976.

Upon the acquisition of Harley-Davidson by AMF in 1978, the Italian operations of the firm were sold to the Castiglioni brothers, founders of the Cagiva motorcycle company, which continued to produce bikes branded HD Cagiva until 1980.

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