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Siai-Marchetti SF.260 (2-54)


Date: 07/1979

Location: ANR/EBAW

Photo: collection Skystef

Description: this factory fresh Marchetti was on February 2 1972 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. It carried the colors of the former Belgian flag carrier with on the right hand side "Burgerlijke Luchtvaart School" titles (depicted such) and left hand side "Ecole d'Aviation Civile" tiles. It arrived at Brussels Airport a month earlier namely on January 5. 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: 08/10/1991

Location: -/EBGB

Photo: collection Skystef

Description: on July 18 1991 it was cancelled from the register and two months later on September 19 sold to a couple private owners of the States (L. Hale & J. Magoffin Jr) as "N260MP", here depicted such in the same outfit. Two days after this picture was taken it left for the USA (via England).


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