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SIAI-Marchetti SF.260 - Nicaragua

SF.260W
Serial: 169
Unit: FAS (Fuerza Aerea Sandinista)

The exact role of the Libyan-donated SF.260Ws in the FAS service during the war in the 1980s remains unknown. Examples equipped with gun-pods can be made out on several reconnaissance photos published by the USA at the time, deployed at different airfields around the country. This indicates that the type was used in combat - to which degree, however, remains unknown. The example seen here, serialled 169, was last seen at the dump of one of Nicaraguan airfields, without engine and some other parts. Note that the Nicaraguan fin flash was added without the Libyan - a green field on the forward top part of the rudder - being removed, while the Libyan roundel was oversprayed. Otherwise, the aircraft wears exactly the same camouflage pattern like all the SF.260Ws in Libyan service known so far.


Artist: © Tom Cooper
Source: The ACIG Journal
SIAI-Marchetti SF.260 - Nicaragua | SF.260W | FAS (Fuerza Aerea Sandinista) | 169

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