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Siai-Marchetti SF.260 (121)


Date: 08/1973

Location: CRL/EBCI

Photo: collection Skystef

Description: this factory fresh Marchetti was on December 10 1968 registered to Sabena as "OO-SMI" and arrived at Brussels Airport a month later, namely on January 31. On February 22 1971 it was damaged at Wevelgem airport in a mid-air collision with another Marchetti "OO-SMG". Later that year on the 7th July it was cancelled from the register. A year later on April 25 1972 it was sold to A.S.P.E. for repairs and after the job was done on August 14 1973 registered as "OO-SIA" to Aspair based at Charleroi airport, here depicted such with in the back a Hughes 269B of S.A.B.C.A. OO-SAA.

Date: 1982

Location: BRU/EBBR

Photo: collection Skystef

Description: on February 26 1982 it was registered to the Belgian State, department Ministry of Communications, for Ecole d’Aviation Civile / Burgerlijke Luchtvaartschool (founded in May 1952) but operated by Sabena and based at Grimbergen airfield. Here such depicetd in basic Sabena colors without titles. After the Belgian State ended its financial support on December 31 1989, Sabena was on January 12 1990 authorized to continue these kind of operations by creating a few weeks later on January 26 a 100% subsidiary of Sabena called the Belgian Aviation School (B.A.S.), based at Grimbergen airfield. It was officially transferred to B.A.S. on January 15 1991 but the Marchetti was never used for these training flights and instead put for sale.

Date: 22/10/1991

Location: -/EBGB

Photo: collection Skystef

Description: on September 3 1991 it was cancelled from the register and the same day sold to a couple private owners of the States (L. Hale & J. Magoffin Jr) as "N260MN", here seen such in an unchanged outfit with partial regi and it left Grimbergen airfield later that month on the 24th.


Belgian register