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SIAI Marchetti SF.260 'Genet' * Current *
17 SF.260C trainers purchased via a Belgian company in 1977, ostensibly for the Comores Islands Flying Club. Used by 6 sqn for pilot training to replace the Provost. An additional 14 SF.260W were obtained from an unknown source in 1977. This armed version was used 2 Sqn for road convoy escort and light attack duties. After independence all SF.260s were assigned to 6 Sqn. Eight SF.260W were subsequently converted to SF.260TP standard with Allison 250 turboprop engines. Six SF.260F were ordered in June 1997 and delivered from 1998. The SF.260TPs are used for ab initio basic pilot training.
Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
9900 23-11/276 OO-HHK 29 Mar 1977 SF.260C coded 'A'
9901 23-12/277 OO-HHL 29 Mar 1977 SF.260C coded 'B'
9092 23-13/278 OO-HHM 29 Mar 1977 SF.260C w/o 25 Nov 1979
9039 23-14/279 OO-HHN 29 Mar 1977 SF.260C coded 'D'
9094 23-01/266 OO-HHA 21 Apr 1977 SF.260C coded 'E'
9905 23-04/269 OO-HHD 21 Apr 1977 SF.260C
9906 23-05/270 OO-HHE 21 Apr 1977 SF.260C coded 'I'
9907 23-02/267 OO-HHB 21 Apr 1977 SF.260C coded 'G'
9098 23-03/268 OO-HHC 21 Apr 1977 SF.260C coded 'F'
9099 23-17/285 OO-HHT 21 Apr 1977 SF.260C
9190 23-08/273 OO-HHH 11 May 1977 SF.260C
9911 23-07/272 OO-HHG 11 May 1977 SF.260C coded 'M'
9912 23-15/280 OO-HHO 11 May 1977 SF.260C w/o 7 Oct 1980
9913 23-10/275 OO-HHJ 11 May 1977 SF.260C
9194 23-16/284 OO-HHS 11 May 1977 SF.260C coded 'P'
9159 23-09/274 OO-HHI 11 May 1977 SF.260C
9196 23-06/271 OO-HHF 11 May 1977 SF.260C
3260 22-04/240   1977 SF.260W to SF.260TP
3126 22-07/247   1977 SF.260W
3262 22-12/252   1977 SF.260W to SF.260TP
3623 22-14/254   1977 SF.260W
6324 22-08/248   1977 SF.260W
3625 22-06/244   1977 SF.260W to SF.260TP
3266 22-11/251   1977 SF.260W to SF.260TP
3276 22-02/239   1977 SF.260W
3268 22-09/249   1977 SF.260W
3629 22-05/243   1977 SF.260W
6330 22-13/253   1977 SF.260W coded 'C' w/o 23 Dec 1979
3631 22-10/250   1977 SF.260W to SF.260TP
3362 22-03/238   1977 SF.260W
3336 22-01/237   1977 SF.260W
?     1998 SF.260F
?     1998 SF.260F
?     1998 SF.260F
?     1998 SF.260F
?     1998 SF.260F
?     1998 SF.260F

References:

  1. Rhodesian Air Force, A Brief History 1947-1980 (W A Brent, 1987)
  2. Britain's Rebel Air Force (Roy Nesbit & Dudley Cowderoy, 1998)
  3. African Military Aviation (W A Brent, 1994)
  4. World Air Forces Directory 2002/03 (Ian Carroll, 2002)
  5. Air (WLAG) January 1990


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