This page provides information about interviews I gave or quotations/metions The Aviationist received on TV, newspapers, websites (only major ones) etc. It also includes news about works published on both magazines, newspapers, books etc. (Please note that the date format is dd/mm/yy).
All the articles published on Business Insider can be found here.
Gizmodo about the image of an EA-18G Growler under a snow storm posted by The Aviationist
La Repubblica‘s Vincenzo Nigro quotes David Cenciotti about the Los Roques incident.
Jalopnik mentions The Aviationist article about the (fake) video of a Tu-22 off California
Wired’s Danger Room quotes David Cenciotti analysis of the latest Iranian chopper.
Wired’s Danger Room‘s David Axe mentions The Aviationist’s article on the Chinese Y-20 cargo plane.
Several media outlets quote The Aviationist’s coverage of the nEUROn UCAV first flight:
Gizmodo about The Aviationist’s article on the new Israeli air defense system.
Gizmodo reports about The Aviationist’s take on the USAF’s doomsday test.
Jalopnik about The Aviationist article on the Georgia’s drone downed by a Russian Mig-29.
Jalopnik publishes the Camaro chase car video posted on The Aviationist.
Several media outlets around the world quote David Cenciotti’s article on the downing of a Syrian Arab Air Force helicopter by the rebels:
Gizmodo publishes a new article based on The Aviationist’s story about ten U.S. weaponized drones flying at the same time.
Business Insider‘s Robert Johnson quotes David Cenciotti and his article on the Turkish Air Force response to the Syrian threat.
The blog post about the A-10 parked on the apron at Westover AFB is mentioned by Jalopnik.
Wired’s Danger Room reports about The Aviationist’s discovery of a mysterious bird-like drone in Iraq.
BBC Tech has interviewed David Cenciotti for an article on modern flight helmets.
The Guardian quotes The Aviationist’s coverage of the Syrian uprising.
Smarter Travel has interviewed David Cenciotti for an article about America’s 10 scariest airports.
Business Insider quotes The Aviationist on the captured RQ-170.
Business Insider mentions David Cenciotti on an article about the alleged leaked Israeli memo providing details of the attack on Iran.
Danger Room mentions The Aviationist on an article about the Iranian drones captured in Syria.
Business Insider on the B-1 upgrades explained by The Aviationist.
Business Insider’s Robert Johnson mentions The Aviationist on his article about the hypothetical Israeli raid on Iran.
Wired’s Danger Room publishes an article on The Aviationist story of the Stealth Black Hawk prop used for an upcoming movie. David Axe defines David Cenciotti as an “ace aviation reporter”.
Gizmodo’s Sam Biddle about the video of the B-52 flying a Red Flag mission at night.
Gizmodo on The Aviationist’s article about the Massive Ordnance Penetrator.
Gizmodo on the London No Fly Zone for the Olympics.
Gizmodo on the Brazilian Air Force flyover.
The most important Italian newspaper quotes The Aviationist on an article about the Turkish Air Force RF-4E shot down by Syria.
Similar mentions appear on the UK’s Guardian and Italy’s Il Foglio newspapers.
Gizmodo publishes an article about the Shadow UAV photos posted on The Aviationist.
Gizmodo looks at the article about the F-35’s gun pod posted on The Aviationist.
Gizmodo on my article about the USCG C-130 vortex in the sky.
The same article is also mentioned on Giornalettismo.
The Daily Mail about Lockheed’s Mystery drone.
Danger Room quoted me in an article about the mysterious drone spotted thorough satellite imagery.
Viviana Mazza, a journalist at the Corriere della Sera newspaper, quoted me in an article about Syria.
The Corriere della Sera newspaper’s Special Correspondent from Washington Guido Olimpio asked me to comment a recent seemingly mysterious airplane crash in the U.S.
The Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter mentioned The Aviationist as it published some drones’ images within an article about robot war.
DefenseTech about the B-1 image first published by The Aviationist.
Gizmodo about the A-4 Skyhawk attack during the Falklands War featured on this blog.
David Axe’s War is Boring on the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee story published on The Aviationist.
DefenseTech on the audio of the F-22 pilot suffering hypoxia symptoms I’ve published on The Aviationist.
Wired Danger Room dedicated an entire post to me and my investigation about the U.S. Shadow War in Yemen. Read it here.
Gizmodo reports about the photo I’ve digged out of the Hangar Foam party….
IBTimes on The Aviationist’s coverage of F-22 deployment.
DefenseTech about my investigation on the F-22 deployed in UAE
I was quoted by The Independent on a long article about drone technology.
Here’s another story I suggested to Gizmodo.
My F-15 video story made it to Gizmodo once again.
I’m mentioned on an article published on the MIT’s Technology Review’s article People Power 2.0 by John Pollock.
I was quoted in a large article by Michael Hastings on Rolling Stone Magazine, titled “The Rise of the Killer Drones: How America Goes to War in Secret.”
Business Insider on the nearly 70 F-15E’s show of force.
Wired’s Danger Room on the Elephant Walks at Seymour Johnson and Kunsan.
Gizmodo talks about The Aviationist’s article on the Seymour Johnson “Elephant Walk”.
North Korea’s military parade story mentioned by Gizmodo’s Sam Biddle.
Robert Johnson at Business Insider reports about The Aviationist spot on the American EP-3E over Libya.
The Aviationist’s quoted by Gizmodo article on the British Typhoon scramble.
Wired’s Danger Room about the MV-22 crash in Morocco.
Gizmodo’s Sam Biddle mentions The Aviationist on the failed North Korea’s rocket test piece.
Gizmodo’s on the North Korea’s missile test.
Wired’s Danger Room about the “Operation Chimichanga” story.
Reuters article about Syria mentions The Aviationist’s analysis of the Syrian drones spying on rebels at Homs.
Business Insider’s Robert Johnson reports about my article on the F-35 open weapon bay doors images.
Gizmodo mentions The Aviationist article about early combat drones in southeast Asia.
Gizmodo has reposted my article published on The Aviationist about all the weapons used by the regime in Syria.
The same article is mentioned by Giornalettismo.
On the Guardian website for the Syrian drone story.
Mention by Guido Olimpio on an article about Syria on the Corriere della Sera.
The Libya Air War analysis cited by NY Times’ CJ Chivers on his At War Blog.
The Aviationist mentioned by the New Zealand Herald.
My 6-page article titled “Air Power over Libya: final analysis”, along with a news update about the F-35 program in Italy, published on Combat Aircraft March 2012 issue.
My 8-page article titled “Air strikes over Libya” published on the South African magazine Global Aviator.
Article and pictures of the Typhoon refueling from the KC-130J on the Eurofighter website.
Another article published on this blog was read all around the world after becoming Gizmodo’s Top Story.
Gizmodo, on my article about the Iranian F-5 belly landing released on Yourtube.
Some more mentions from INFOSEC-focused sites because “The Aviationist has consistently had the best analysis” of the captured stealth drone in Iran.
My Captured Stealth Drone series of posts about the RQ-170 Sentinel lost in Iran has made headlines all around the world. Following is a rough list of the main media and websites that have mentioned TheAviationist and David Cenciotti, with pictures, comments and quotes taken from this site.
RID has published the review of my Italian Starfighters book.
DefenseTech has published an article about the KC-767 usage in the war in Libya based on my recap of the assets involved in Unified Protector.
Combat Aircraft has published my Special Report about the Italian Air Force Predator operations (and ItAF ISR platforms) with exclusive pictures taken inside the Mobile Groud Control Station at Amendola airbase.
Aeronautica & Difesa has published a very nice review of my book “Italian Starfighters” on its October 2011 issue.
Jose Maria Navarro, of the Spanish magazine Fuerzas de Defensa y Seguridad (Defence and Security Forces, www.defensa.com) has written an article in two parts (published in the issues #400 and #401) about the Osama Bin Laden raid that mentions my Stealth Black Hawk concept and the artwork designed with Ugo Crisponi.
Read my article on Tech News Daily titled: Web Sites Let Flight Enthusiasts Track Planes in the Air
Ranked #1 in the bloggers contest by Hamilton Watches, official sponsor of the WAC2011 the World Aerobatic Championship 2011, at Foligno. I’m the most influencing and read Italian aerospace blogger, based on my Klout score and site visits.
I was once again mentioned in an article about the Rafale and its involvement in Operation Odyssey Dawn and Unified Protector was published on the Hungarian Ministry of Defense website.
I’ve recently answered some questions of “Moscow News” newspaper’s correspondent Natalia Dobrovolskaya about the war in Libya and the possibility that the air campaign is used to showcase some weapon system for export purposes. She had read my blog articles and asked me what I thought about the French Rafale, its involvement in the Odyssey Dawn and Unified Protector operations, its capabilities and its export opportunities. My comments can be read in the article she has written for Moscow News on Aug. 24 that can be read here (in Russian).
Gizmodo has published an article and the picture issued by the US DoD that I had edited and published on my Twitter feed to highlight the S-61 of the HMX-1 in the vicinity of the Pentangon in the aftermath of the earthquake that hit the US East Coast.
Airplanes magazine issued for the Lignano Sabbiadoro airshow on Aug. 15, contains my article about the Italian Call 2011 helicopter exercise that took place at Viterbo airbase.
An article titled “Equipment in Libya and Pakistan: Secret copter surprised even experts” has been published on the Finnish magazine Reserviläinen-magazine (the Reservist). The article mentions the blog and the famous artwork of the Stealth Black Hawk I’ve preprared with Ugo Crisponi.
I’ve published an article on Tech News Daily titled Advanced Jet Fighter Surprisingly Easy To Fly (that has been republished also by MSNBC, FOXNews and CBSNews) about the skills needed by modern jet pilots to fly and fight with the most advanced fighter jets: not only the innovative F-35 Lightning II, delivered to the USAF early this summer, but currently grounded after experiencing a failure during a test flight, but also the Eurofighter “Typhoon”, a combat proven plane involved in Operation Unified Protector in Libya.
Once again my work on the Stealth Black Hawk was published all around the world following the news that Pakistan let China study pieces of the secret chopper involved in the Osama Bin Laden raid that crashed at Abbottabad on May 2, 2011.
Gizmodo asked my opinion about the weapon possibly used by an F-16 against the Taliban in Afghanistan. Here’s what Sam Biddle has written based on my reply:
Military expert David Cenciotti speculates it was probably a Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM)—an guidance-upgraded “dumb bomb” like the 2,000 pound GBU-31 seen here, or its lighter brother, the GBU-38.
Both Gizmodo (once again with an article by Sam Biddle, “a huge fan” of this weblog, as he told me) and Chosun Ilbo (lit. Korea Daily News, one of the major newspapers in South Korea) mentioned the article about the Israeli missile “Tamuz”, that I’ve published on this website.
Marco Dijkshoorn has mentioned this website as a Recommended Reading about the war in Libya in his interesting report about the French Operation Harmattan, published on Scramble 387 August 2011 issue.
Gizmodo’s Sam Biddle has published an article about my blog post on the news helicopter hitting the Norwegian terrorist attack scene before the Police one.
My latest article on Tech News Daily titled “Behind the Scenes: What It’s Like Inside a Predator Drone Control Station” (about Predator UAS – Unmmanned Aerial Systems – and focusing on how this drones are operated by the Italian Air Force and USAF), has also been published by both MSNBC and FOXNews.
Issue 280 of Zoo Weekly magazine Australia, onsale from Jul. 4, 2011, published a double-page news spread with my pics of the NH-90 crashing into the Bracciano lake.
More than two months from the first time I published the famous sketch of the Stealth Black Hawk which crash landed during the Navy Seals Osama Bin Laden raid (Operation Neptune’s Spear) that I designed with Ugo Crisponi, the rendering is still being used by US news outlets for base art/graphics. Even Vertical magazine used it in an article titled “Hide and Seek” about stealth technology applied to the rotary wing.
Gizmo’s Sam Biddle mentioned me and my post in its Watch This article Sometimes Crazy-Low Jet Flyovers End in Disintegrated Fuel Tanks about the Argentine AF A-4AR Fightinghawk performing a high-G climb that disintegrates the plane’s right fuel tank. The same post was linked by Gizmo.jp on Jul. 05.
I’ve contributed once again to the latest issue of Combat Aircraft. July 2011 magazine not only contains an article written by Jamie Hunter with the help of my usual, unmatched coverage and analysis of the NATO Operation Unified Protector, but it contains also the world famous rendering designed with Ugo Crisponi about the famous Stealth Black Hawk, that was used in the David Axe article about the stealth technology being unveiled by the Osama Bin Laden raid at Abbottabad.
I’ve given an interview to Andrea Borgnino for an episode of Radio Pirata (“Pirate Radio”) broadcasted by Radio Rai. The episode was on PSYOPS messages transmitted by US EC-130J from March 2011 and during all the stages of NATO operation Unified Protector. I explain the type of mission flown by the Commando Solo, its equipment, role and past “appearances”.
Click here to download the MP3 file with an excerpt of the episode.
I answered some questions by Victor Vella a journalist from the Sunday paper it-Torca in Malta who, based on my comments about the frequent French diversions to Malta airport wrote an article that cited me also in the subheading.
Below there’s a rough translation on the part of the article mentioning me:
The landing of military aircraft in Malta …
“Malta is not serving as a base”
– David Cenciotti, aviation expert
by victor vella
The landings of aircraft carrying out attacks on military bases held by soldiers loyal to the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, has created a debate underway in recent days in our country. For many people, these landings for fuel is just an excuse. For others, NATO is using Malta as a military base. The questions raised by many people is how can one believe that these aircraft end up with fuel shortage or damages. Many people are asking if this landing for fuel or emergency cases are genuine, or are just excuses. “The Torch’ spoke with David Cenciotti, Italian expert in aviation, where he argues in a very clear that Malta is not used as a military base or as a Forward Operating Base.
The aviation expert, David Cenciotti, well known for his research on the sector told ‘The Torch’ that “the problem is that Malta is the closest airport to airplanes in involved in Libya campaign. The Malta International Airport is one with two run-ways, and ”navigational aids that apply to almost all aircraft participating in operation “Unified Pro-tector – ie the mission of NATO attacks on Libya. If an aircraft experience major or even minor damage while on the Mediterranean sea, is something normal that it tries to recover at the first airport and this is Malta. This is done as a precautionary measure. Emergencies at sea are dangerous. Imagine being on the Mediterranean sea after experiencing damage, with the pilot have to eject from the aircraft. There is a risk that ends in cold sea temperatures and must wait for hours until rescued. ”
David Cenciotti further states that “so this is the reason why some military aircraft made a landing in Malta after having encountered some problems. This does not mean that there is no emergency landings at other airports. Aircraft emergency landing near other bases such as Sigonella and Trapani not end up on the news because these are military airports. For example, a few days ago there were two F1 Mirage made an emergency landing at the base of Olbia in Sardinia because of lack of fuel. This news spread rapidly in Italy and this simply because this is not one military airport. If they fell in Decimomannu or in Trapani, nobody would know because it was seen as a normal landing. “
Le Monde newspaper cited me in an article by Nathalie Guilbert about the operations conducted in Libya by British and French helicopters dispatched to improve NATO’s ability to target loyalist in urban areas. In particular, the author noticed that I found at least curious that UK AH-64D Apaches have been involved in an air interdiction mission to destroy a coastal Libyan air defense station.
While more articles are mentioning my Stealth Black Hawk theory (like the one published by CBBN.net) and about the Stealth Chinook (like the Scale Model News one) is getting a certain attention my story about the Dragon Models Limited and Italeri kits inspired to the Osama Bin Laden raid mentioned in a Defensetech.org article and in a piece published on 925.nl.
My world famous Stealth Black Hawk concept and rendering appear also on the June 2011 issue of the Greek magazine “Flight and Space”.
I’ve given my third interview to Pieter Johnson for the Across The Pond segment of the famous Aiplane Geeks podcast. In Episode 149, that you can download here, I’ve talked about the current state of operations in Libya; about the famous OBL raid and the Stealth Black Hawk crash landed in Abbottabad and about the ways to track ‘Black Ops’ aircraft around the world using FlightRadar 24 or Plane Finder.
Two more articles for Airplanes about Trapani airbase and its involvement in Operation Unified Protector and about NATO Tiger Meet at Cambrai, France.
“Sette”, the weekly magazine of the Corriere della Sera, contains an article titled “Fanta-armi” (“Fanta(stic)-weapons”) about the hi-tech weapon systems used in the Osama Bin Laden raid. The article mentions me for the famous sketches about the Stealth Black Hawk that performed a crash landing in the Abbottabad compound during the Operation Geronimo (whose actual name is Op. Neptune’s Spear).
I was mentioned in “La testa del serpente” (“The snake’s head”), an instant book by Guido Olimpio about Osama Bin Laden and Operation Geronimo (OBL raid, named Operation Neptune’s Spear) published by the Corriere delle Sera (the most read Italian newspaper). Olimpio recalls the story of the Stealth Black Hawk helicopter that was involved in the raid and that among the few that immediately understood that the chopper that crash landed in the Bin Laden compound at Abbottabad was a new type equipped with never seen before radar-evading/noise reduction devices.
Even an article written by Thomas Pany for Telepolis mentioned me and one of the comments I gave on Twitter about the news of the imminent deployment of French Tiger and British AH-64 Apache attack helicopters in Libya.
I’ve written two articles for Airplanes 01/2011: the first is about Winter Hide 2011 exercise that took place in Grosseto and the second one is about the 494th FS F-15Es deployment to Decimomannu. This year Airplanes will publish excerpts from my book “Frecce Tricolori – an exciting 50-year flight” for articles describing specific topics of the current and past Frecce Tricolori, the Italian Aerobatic Display Team.
Wired / Danger Room has published an article by David Axe dealing with my theory about the possibility that a modified Stealth Chinook took part in the Osama Bin Laden raid along with the famous Stealth Black Hawk (or Silent Hawk, according to another common unofficial nickname). The article mentions the dots I connected, from the need for stealthiness to the confirmed presence of H-47s, and my conclusion (considered by Danger Room “plausible”) that “there must be also a modified MH-47 flying with the 160 SOAR [...] Unlike the Blackhawk, we have no photographic evidences of it, but I think that their existence is somehow confirmed….”
Another Danish media, Information.dk, published an article mentioning the Politiken piece and citing me as an an Italian aerial warfare expert David Cenciotti advising both Italian and international media about military aviation and the operation in Libya.
On Apr. 30, an attack performed in a bunker in Tripoli killed Gaddafi’s youngest son, Saif al-Arab Gaddafi, with three minor grandchildren. Even if the Guardian immediately suggested that the raid was conducted by the Royal Danish Air Force, there were no proofs that Denmark was involved in the raid. Many air forces use the GBU-31 with BLU-109 appearing in the images released by AJE. I helped Andreas Lindqvist, a journalist of the Politiken newspaper, to virtually eliminate all the other seven countries that drop bombs on Libya coming to the conclusion that, as suggested by the Guardian, the compound was probably hit by a Danish strike. Andreas asked me how likely I think it was Denmark to perform the strike. As he mentioned in the article published on May 12 on the Politiken website, basing on basing on the information available, on the replies he received and above all considering that RDAF is doing a great job in Libya flying lots of missions and dropping many bombs; that it didn’t deny it but just didn’t comment it and finally, that diplomatic sources reported by the Guardian suggested the strike was one of the many performed by RDAF, I think it is extremely likely.
On Combat Aircraft 06-2011 you can read the in depth view of the ongoing operations in Libya, including ull coalition order of battle and map I prepared with Jamie Hunter. A 14 pages special with an unparelled coverage of Odyssey Dawn and Unified Protector.
After being one of the first journalists (maybe the first one….) in the world to notice that the helicopter that crashed during the Osama Bin Laden raid was a Stealth Black Hawk, never seen before version, of the UH-60 Black Hawk, and after working with Ugo Crisponi to draw a rendering of the helicopter, I was interviewed and cited by Media all around the world. Here’s a gallery of some of the articles published from May 4 onwards (links below).