Special Colour ST40

 

Text : Serge Van Heertum

Pictures : Serge Van Heertum (S.B.A.P.), and SBAP archives

 

 

The SF260M Marchetti began its career with the Belgian Air Force 40 years ago with delivery at Goetsenhoven in 1969 as replacement for the aging SV 4 and flying the trainees through their initial training with the 5 Squadron. 1992 saw the acquisition of 9 SF260D, equipped for instrument flying. Within the scope of the modernisation program, all aircarft are being brought up to the M+ standard from 2005 on.
This aircraft, with yet some years to come, flew 300.000 hours during its career with the Belgian Air Component (former Air Force) and to celebrate this event the aircraft SF260D - ST 40, was adorned with a special paint scheme. The aircraft was revealed to the public by Pieter De Crem, Minister of Defence and Lt. Gen Avi. Gerard Van Caelenberge on march 03rd, 2009

 

1992 the new "delta" are dlivered 2000 saw the new yellow colours
   
Begin 2009, the ST40 is in the paintshop End february 2009 during the preparation
   
ST40 is revealed on March 03, 2009 Splendid grey scheme !
   
Underside In flight
   

 

 

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