YOU TUBE – SIAI Marchetti SF 260
RR250 B-17D T
23 ft. 4 in.
27 ft. 5 in.
66 U.S. gals.
SIAI Marchetti SF 260
The SIAI Marchetti SF 260 is a trainer and light ground support aircraft. It was designed by Stelio Frati. It is now being produced by Leonardo in piston and turboprop versions for military and civil use.
When equipped with a 260 h.p. piston engine the aircraft can be used for aerobatics up to + 6 or – 3 G’s. The pilot and student sit side by side, and there is a small bench behind them rated at up to a 250 lb. capacity that can seat a third person.
Although the SIAI Marchetti SF 260 first flew in 1964, it has received numerous upgrades through the years. The fuselage and wings have been made stronger. Most recently updated avionics included the latest navigation systems. Com systems now have the latest optimized dual Very High Frequency and Ultra High Frequency transceivers. A larger canopy provides for more interior room for the pilot and passengers and an updated a/c system has better air flow vents for additional comfort. A new interior lighting system provides better instrument and control visibility at night.
The small, thin wings and low weight of the SIAI Marchetti SF 260 are very efficient in producing speed with minimal power usage. Because of its relatively high wing loading, the aircraft handles much like a war bird. Changes in power settings and flying in cross winds need only minimal control corrections. The aircraft goes exactly where you point it.
The controls are well balanced and their response is instantaneous. Students can master rolls easily and nice, large, round loops can be accomplished with proper power management. Spin recovery is easy, fast and builds confidence in new pilots quickly.
Twenty seven air forces around the world as well as numerous airlines, aerobatic air teams and flight schools use the aircraft. Over 900 SIAI Marchetti SF 260 aircraft have been sold to date.
RC SIAI Marchetti SF 260
The RC SIAI Marchetti SF 260 from VQ Model is of all wood construction and includes working flaps. Optional electric retractable landing gear are available. Its wingspan is 64 1/2 in. and length is 47 in. Power can come from .60 to .65 two cycle or .70 to .90 four cycle engines. The electric motor equivalent may also be used to power the RC airplane. Weight, all up, should be around 8 3/4 lbs.