Aviation Photo #1768350 SIAI-Marchetti SF-260TP - Sri Lanka - Air Force

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One of 9 aircraft obtained in the mid 1980s to fight the Tamil insurgency of the time. These aircrafts saw extensive action in the close support role for many years until they were made obsolete as the terrorists started using MANPADS and heavy AAA. At least 2 aircrafts were shot down killing pilots Flt Lt P Abeweeragunawardana and Sqn Ldr A. P. W. Fernando in 1990 and 1992 respectively. With the introduction of IAI KFirs, these became training aircraft. Now retired at SLAF museum.
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    Suresh A. Atapattu
    Sri Lanka - Air Force
    SIAI-Marchetti SF-260TP
    SIAI-Marchetti SF-260
    SIAI-Marchetti SF-260
    Colombo - Ratmalana
    Sri Lanka
    August 3, 2010
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