Remarks: I-FABR Preserved at Volandia Aviation Museum Milano Malpensa Italy - The Macchi MB.308 touring and training monoplane was the first new Italian design to fly after the Second World War. The type was a symbol of the rebirth of general aviation in Italy.
The MB.308 was designed by Ermanno Bazzocchi (1913-2005), who based it on the PM.1 which he had studied with Vittorio Calderini in 1938-1939 at the Milan Polytechnic. When he replaced Mario Castoldi (1888-1968) as Technical Director at Macchi in Autumn 1945, he suggested that the company return to aircraft production by building the small two-seater. The fact that chairman Paolo Foresio (1900-1980) accepted is indicative of the overall situation and of the will to stay in the aviation business. When the Allies
lifted the ban on private flying, the MB.308 was ready and Guido Carestiato (1911-1980) took it into the air on 19 January 1947 from Venegono.