SIAI-Marchetti SF-260AM MM54436/70-63
2 or 3-seat trainer photographed at the Italian Air Force Museum at Vigna Di Valle, central Italy, on 12 October 2012.
Designed by Stelio Frati, originally for Aviamilano, which flew the first prototype of it (then designated F.260) on July 15, 1964. Actual production was undertaken when SIAI Marchetti purchased the design soon thereafter and continued with this firm until the company was bought by Aermacchi in 1997. The military versions are popular with smaller air forces, which can also arm it for use in the close-support role.
THis aircraft is available in both piston-engine and turboprop variants, respectively powered by a 260 hp Lycoming AEIO-540 (SF-260E) or a 350 shp Rolls-Royce Model 250 B-17D turboprop (SF-260TP). The SF-260 has been used by various civilian aerobatic teams and by several flight schools of airlines. Some 27 different military customers have already bought more than 900 SF-260 in all variants.
The SF.260 holds the airspeed records for aircraft in its class over the 100 km (62 miles) and 1,000 km (620 miles) closed circuits.
Picture added on 03 June 2013 at 07:32