Formation SIAI-Marchetti SF-260M+ from the Belgian Air Component "Red Devils"
at the Royal Netherlands Air Force Open Days 2016, Leeuwarden (the Netherlands)
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 Mike-plus version of the venerable SF-260 features a modernised cockpit with a number of new avionics.
The main external differences that mark a Mike-plus SF-260M+ are the white receiver antenna of the Garmin GNC 300XL GPS
and the tube-like outside air temperature probe of the EDM-800, both placed in front of the cockpit canopy.
The Belgian Air Force Red Devils (also known as "Rode Duivels" or "Diables Rouges") are the formation display team
of the Air Component's 1 Wing flying four SF-260M+ basic trainers painted in a combination of red and white and the Belgian flag.