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FMA Ae. MB.2
« on: October 09, 2021, 03:54:16 PM »
In 1932, the Argentine Army commissioned the Institute of Aeronautics in Cordoba to develop a light bomber. It was intended to replace the outdated French-made Breguet XIX. Fabrica Militar de Aviones (FMA) was to produce the new aircraft. It received the designation FMA Ae. MB.2 Bambi. October 9, 1935 - the first flight of the FMA Ae. MB.2 Bombi light bomber.

It was a low-wing of a mixed design (wooden wing + fuselage made of duralumin pipes + linen skin) with a non-retractable landing gear. It was equipped with a Wright SGR-1820-F3 Cyclone engine (715 hp) Maximum speed - 285 km/ h, flight range - 600 km. Armament ? 7.65 mm machine gun + 11.43 mm machine gun + up to 400 kg of bombs. The first variants were equipped with a turret of 2 ? 7.65 mm machine guns.

Tests have shown that Ae. MB.2 Bombi is inferior to foreign analogues. But it was still put into mass production. 15 bombers were released, which carried out reconnaissance and patrol missions in the Argentine Air Force.