Siai Marchetti SF260M/D

Single-engine twin-seat trainer

 

 

   To find a replacement for the Stampe-Vertongen SV4B which offered unsurpassed flying characteristics a study was launched in 1968. When the Siai-Marchetti SF.260 was found to be the ideal replacement trainer declared the winner a first order for 36 SF260M's was placed on January 24th, 1969 which were delivered between late 1969 and 1971. Initially the aircraft were taken on charge by the Elementaire Vliegschool (EVS)/Ecole de Pilotage Elementaire (Elementary Flying School) at Goetsenhoven. In October 1991 the Belgian government ordered nine additional SF260D's as attrition replacement. On September 12th, 1996 all flying training units of the Belgian Air Force were consolidated at Beauvechain airbase as the 1st Training Wing Training, thus ending 75 years of flying activities at Goetsenhoven. In 1999 the Belgian Air Force started a study to replace the somewhat absurd 'Vietnam'-camouflage with day-glow high-visibility markings and after some tests a bright yellow color scheme was introduced. Also since 1999 all SF260Ms were fitted with a new set of wings during the routine maintenance programme and later an avionics improvement was introduced. In 2008 a new wider cockpit canopy was first tested out on ST-34 and will be introduced progressively on all remaining aircraft.
The famous 'Swallows' demonstration team made this aircraft (which from some angles resembles a WWII fighter) very popular with the public. The team was formed in 1973 and continued to thrill many spectators at air shows all over Europe until it was disbanded in early 1984. In 1995 a new 'Swallows' team was formed at Goetsenhoven, making their debut on June 28th. Unfortunately on December 5th, 1997 their made their last performance. Since then a new team "Hardship Red" was formed by N° 5 Squadron CO "Jief" Ballon presenting 4 Marchetti’s in a very tight formation display. As of the 2011 season Hardship Red became the "Red Devils" with their aircraft painted likewise. (Daniel Brackx)

ST-01

C/N

10-01

Date In

Nov 1969

Date Out

Apr 1971

History

ST-01, written off in accident at Goetsenhoven on 21 Apr 1971

ST-02

C/N

10-02

Date In

Feb 1970

Date Out

Active

History

ST-02

ST-03

C/N

10-03

Date In

Mar 1970

Date Out

Active

History

ST-03, Red Devils c/s

ST-04

C/N

10-04

Date In

Mar 1970

Date Out

Active

History

ST-04, Red Devils c/s

ST-05

C/N

10-05

Date In

Mar 1970

Date Out

Mar 1982

History

ST-05, crashed at Ramillies/Mont Saint-André on 13 Feb 1981.

ST-06

C/N

10-06

Date In

Apr 1970

Date Out

Active

History

ST-06

ST-07

C/N

10-07

Date In

Apr 1970

Date Out

Feb 1988

History

ST-07, "Swallows" Team, written off at Forseilles/Héton on 3 Feb 1988.

ST-08

C/N

10-08

Date In

Apr 1970

Date Out

May 1982

History

ST-08, "Sic" crashed at Beauvechain due to engine problems on take-off on 12 May 1982.

ST-09

C/N

10-09

Date In

May 1970

Date Out

May 1997

History

ST-09, crashed on take-off from Beauvechain due to engine problems, instructional airframe Saffraanberg.

ST-10

C/N

10-10

Date In

May 1970

Date Out

Dec 1976

History

ST-10, crashed at Wertheim (D.), converted into flight simulator at Goetsenhoven;

ST-11

C/N

10-11

Date In

Jun 1970

Date Out

Apr 1992

History

ST-11, damaged in hard landing at Goetsenhoven - not repaired, flight simulator at Euro Space Centre at Redu, preserved at the 1st Wing Historical Centre, Beauvechain.

ST-12

C/N

10-12

Date In

Jun 1970

Date Out

Active

History

ST-12, Special colour scheme 45 years Goetsenhoven.

ST-13

C/N

10-13

Date In

Jul 1970

Date Out

Jul 1972

History

ST-13, hard landing at Goetsenhoven on 25 Jul 1972, converted to flight simulator - Goetsenhoven, wings to Technical School Saffraanberg

ST-14

C/N

10-14

Date In

Jul 1970

Date Out

Apr 1988

History

ST-14, crashed at Sous-Stud (Andenne) due to engine problems, gate guardian at Goetsenhoven, Beauvechain.

ST-15

C/N

10-15

Date In

Sep 1970

Date Out

Active

History

ST-15

ST-16

C/N

10-16

Date In

Aug 1970

Date Out

Active

History

ST-16

ST-17

C/N

10-17

Date In

Sep 1970

Date Out

Active

History

ST-17, first Marchetti upgraded to SF260M+ standards

ST-18

C/N

10-18

Date In

Sep 1970

Date Out

Active

History

ST-18

ST-19

C/N

10-19

Date In

Oct 1970

Date Out

Active

History

ST-19

ST-20

C/N

10-20

Date In

Oct 1970

Date Out

Active

History

ST-20, Special paint scheme "250.000hrs Marchetti"

ST-21

C/N

10-21

Date In

Oct 1970

Date Out

Oct 2000

History

ST-21, "Swallows" Team, destoyed in accident at Beauvechain on 10 Oct 2000.

ST-22

C/N

10-22

Date In

Oct 1970

Date Out

Active

History

ST-22, "Swallows" Team.

ST-23

C/N

10-23

Date In

Nov 1970

Date Out

Active

History

ST-23, Red Devils c/s

ST-24

C/N

10-24

Date In

Dec 1970

Date Out

Active

History

ST-24, Special paint scheme "20 Years Marchetti"

ST-25

C/N

10-25

Date In

Nov 1970

Date Out

Active

History

ST-25, "Swallows" Team.

ST-26

C/N

10-26

Date In

Dec 1970

Date Out

Active

History

ST-26

ST-27

C/N

10-27

Date In

Dec 1970

Date Out

Active

History

ST-27

ST-28

C/N

10-28

Date In

Jan 1971

Date Out

Oct 1983

History

ST-28, written off after a field landing, following engine problems, converted into flight simulator, -Goetsenhoven.

ST-29

C/N

10-29

Date In

Jan 1971

Date Out

Feb 1994

History

ST-29, Crashed at Goetsenhoven on 07 Jun 1993, To SITO-4 Antwerpen Linkeroever, Stedelijk Lyceum Antwerpen, Werkplaats Deurne, Royal Army Museum Depot at Vissenaken.

ST-30

C/N

10-30

Date In

Feb 1971

Date Out

Active

History

ST-30

ST-31

C/N

10-31

Date In

Mar 1971

Date Out

Active

History

ST-31

ST-32

C/N

10-32

Date In

Mar 1971

Date Out

Active

History

ST-32

ST-33

C/N

10-33

Date In

Apr 1971

Date Out

Jun 1996

History

ST-33, "Swallows" Team, crashed at Rollegem-Kapelle after a bird strike on 24 Jun 1996, instructional airframe at Royal Military Academy, Brussels, preserved Beauvechain.

ST-34

C/N

10-34

Date In

Apr 1971

Date Out

Active

History

ST-34, "special red/white c/s"

ST-35

C/N

10-35

Date In

Jun 1971

Date Out

Active

History

ST-35, "Swallows" Team, Special c/s "35 Years Marchetti"

ST-36

C/N

10-36

Date In

Jun 1971

Date Out

Active

History

ST-36, Red & White special c/s

ST-40

C/N

840

Date In

Feb 1992

Date Out

Active

History

ST-40

ST-41

C/N

841

Date In

Feb 1992

Date Out

Active

History

ST-41

ST-42

C/N

842

Date In

Apr 1992

Date Out

Active

History

ST-42

ST-43

C/N

843

Date In

Apr 1992

Date Out

Active

History

ST-43

ST-44

C/N

844

Date In

Jun 1992

Date Out

Active

History

ST-44

ST-45

C/N

845

Date In

Jun 1992

Date Out

Active

History

ST-45

ST-46

C/N

846

Date In

Jun 1992

Date Out

Active

History

ST-46

ST-47

C/N

847

Date In

Jun 1992

Date Out

Active

History

ST-47

ST-48

C/N

848

Date In

Jun 1992

Date Out

Active

History

ST-48, Special c/s NTM09

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