ItAF SF.260AM sold in US

Dan Canin, a Lockheed test pilot, has recently shed some light on the fate of the SF260AM that were retired by the ItAF to be replaced by 30 new SF260 in the EA version.  


In answer to your questions, a partner and I formed a corporation (Airpower International, Inc.) a couple years ago in order to import the SF-260’s for sale in the U.S. We have no plans to form an airshow team — he and I each have full-time regular jobs (mine as a test pilot for Lockheed in Ft Worth) — but we’d love to see someone else do that. I was a part-owner of an SF-260 in California for 10 years, and absolutely love the airplane. I’ve moved to Texas now, and plan to keep one of the Italian ones out of this deal. Attached is a datasheet on the airplanes we’re importing, for your info.

Note: the above pictures were taken on the ground at Grazzanise and in flight around Ischia island (see below the Google Earth image of the island) during a photographic sortie (if you want to read the report of my flight with the 70th Stormo, in Italian, click here).

About David Cenciotti
David Cenciotti is a journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.