SIAI-Marchetti SF-260D (ST-43) from the Belgian Air Component at the Belgian Air Force Days 2014, Kleine-Brogel (Belgium)
The SIAI-Marchetti SF.260 (now Alenia Aermacchi SF-260) is an Italian light aircraft marketed as an aerobatics and military trainer.
It was designed by Stelio Frati, originally for Aviamilano, which flew the first prototype of it (then designated F.260) on July 15, 1964.
Actual production was undertaken when SIAI-Marchetti purchased the design soon thereafter and continued with this firm until the company was bought by Aermacchi in 1997. The military versions are popular with smaller air forces, which can also arm it for use in the close-support role.
The SF-260D, introduced in 1985, is a SF-260C with uprated engine and other refinements.