Siai SF260 M/D Marchetti


Siai Marchetti ST-30

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)

 

Picture Serial c/n Date In Date Out History
ST-01 10-01 Nov 1969 Apr 1971 ST-01, written off in accident at Goetsenhoven on 21 Apr 1971
ST-02 10-02 Feb 1970 Active ST-02
ST-03 10-03 Mar 1970 Active ST-03, Red Devils c/s
ST-04 10-04 Mar 1970 Active ST-04, Red Devils c/s
ST-05 10-05 Mar 1970 Mar 1982 ST-05, crashed at Ramillies/Mont Saint-André on 13 Feb 1981.
ST-06 10-06 Apr 1970 Active ST-06
ST-07 10-07 Apr 1970 Feb 1988 ST-07, "Swallows" Team, written of at Forseilles/Héton on 3 Feb 1988.
ST-08 10-08 Apr 1970 May 1982 ST-08, "Sic" crashed at Beauvechain due to engine problems on take-off on 12 May 1982.
ST-09 10-09 May 1970 May 1997 ST-09, crashed on take-off from Beauvechain due to engine problems, instructional airframe Saffraanberg.
ST-10 10-10 May 1970 Dec 1976 ST-10, crashed at Wertheim (D.), converted into flight simulator at Goetsenhoven;
ST-11 10-11 Jun 1970 Apr 1992 ST-11, damaged in hard landing at Goetsenhoven - not repaired, flight simulator at Euro Space Centre at Redu, preservedat the 1st Wing Historical Centre, Beauvechain.
ST-12 10-12 Jun 1970 Active ST-12, Special colour scheme 45 years Goetsenhoven.
ST-13 10-13 Jul 1970 Jul 1972 ST-13, hard landing at Goetsenhoven on 25 Jul 1972, converted to flight simulator - Goetsenhoven, wings to Technical School Saffraanberg
ST-14 10-14 Jul 1970 Apr 1988 ST-14, crashed at Sous-Stud (Andenne) due to engine problems, gate guardian at Goetsenhoven, Beauvechain.
ST-15 10-15 Sep 1970 Active ST-15
ST-16 10-16 Aug 1970 Active ST-16
ST-17 10-17 Sep 1970 Active ST-17, first Marchetti upgraded to SF260M+ standards
ST-18 10-18 Sep 1970 Active ST-18
ST-19 10-19 Oct 1970 Active ST-19
ST-20 10-20 Oct 1970 Active ST-20, Special paint scheme "250.000hrs Marchetti"
ST-21 10-21 Oct 1970 Oct 2000 ST-21, "Swallows" Team, destoyed in accident at beauvechain on 10 Oct 2000.
ST-22 10-22 Oct 1970 Active ST-22, "Swallows" Team.
ST-23 10-23 Nov 1970 Active ST-23, Red Devils c/s
ST-24 10-24 Dec 1970 Active ST-24,  Special paint scheme "20 Years Marchetti"
ST-25 10-25 Nov 1970 Active ST-25, "Swallows" Team,.
ST-26 10-26 Dec 1970 Active ST-26
ST-27 10-27 Dec 1970 Active ST-27
ST-28 10-28 Jan 1971 Oct 1983 ST-28, written off after field following engine problems, coverted into flight simulator, -Goetsenhoven.
ST-29 10-29 Jan 1971 Feb 1994 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 10-30 Feb 1971 Active ST-30
ST-31 10-31 Mar 1971 Active ST-31
ST-32 10-32 Mar 1971 Active ST-32
ST-33 10-33 Apr 1971 Jun 1996 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 10-34 Apr 1971 Active ST-34, "special red/white c/s"
ST-35 10-35 Jun 1971 Active ST-35, "Swallows" Team, Special c/s "35 Years Macrhetti"
ST-36 10-36 Jun 1971 Active ST-36, Red & White special c/s
ST-40 840 Feb 1992 Active ST-40, special grey c/s "40 Years Marchetti"
ST-41 841 Feb 1992 Active ST-41
ST-42 842 Apr 1992 Active ST-42
ST-43 843 Apr 1992 Active ST-43
ST-44 844 Jun 1992 Active ST-44
ST-45 845 Jun 1992 Active ST-45
ST-46 846 Jun 1992 Active ST-46
ST-47 847 Jun 1992 Active ST-47
ST-48 848 Jun 1992 Active ST-48, Special c/s NTM09
Four-ship Marchetti formation
Marchetti in formation with the F-16 Demo aircraft
"Hardship Red" 2010

Last updated 18/10/15 09:06   Daniel Brackx

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