No. 4893. SIAI-Marchetti SF.260MC Minerva (N943TA c/n 11-01)
Photographed at Reno, Nevada, USA, 1987, by Dan Shumaker

SIAI-Marchetti SF.260MC Minerva

09/30/2012. This aircraft belonged to 'Team America'. The very successful aerobatic formation team was formed by Charles 'Chuck' Lischer in 1984 and existed through 1996. While Chuck owned and flew the lead plane number '1' (registered N941TA), team members Barney Register and Brian Sanders owned and flew the plane numbers '2' (NX943TA) and '3' (NX942TA) respectively.

The 'X' (experimental) in the registration of the latter two aircraft indicated they were fitted with larger engines in order to make it easier to close on the number '1' aircraft if needed.

N943TA was the first of twelve aircraft manufactured in 1971 for the AF of the Congo and test flown registered as I-SYAA, subsequently it was delivered to the Congo with the serial AT-101.

Created December 31, 2005