Tag Archives: Frecce Tricolori

Frecce Tricolori MB.339PAN sports brand new livery to celebrate 55th anniversary of the display team

It’s the first time the Frecce Tricolori paint one of their aircraft with a special color scheme.

The “Frecce Tricolori” display team, the only one in the world to perform a display with 10 jets, is equipped with a modified Alenia Aermacchi MB339A, a single engine tandem seat training and tactical support aircraft.

The aircraft of the Italian Air Force display team differ from the standard model serving with the Aeronautica Militare’s 61° Stormo (Wing) at Galatina airbase by the presence onboard of the coloured smokes generation system fed from an under wing fuel tank filled with a colouring agent which is discharged through nozzles placed in the jet exhaust; by the fact it flies with no tip tanks to enhance maneuverability; and, above all, by the characteristic livery of the planes: blue, with tricolored stripes.

Frecce Special

To celebrate the 55th anniversary of the team (actually, the 55th display season), the aircraft assigned to the Frecce Commander was painted with special tail (with the tricolored stripes that cover the whole of it), special silhouettes of the aircraft flown by the team since 1961 (F-86, G.91 and MB.339) and was given the celebratory number #55 (instead of the #0 carried usually sported by “Pony 0” the Commander’s plane).

Frecce Special nose section

side detail

Five years ago, to celebrate its 50th anniversary, the aircraft of the Frecce Cdr was slightly modified by simply applying the number #50 instead of #0.

The images in this post were taken by The Aviationist’s contributor Alessandro Fucito at Grazzanise airbase, where the Frecce had deployed for rehearsals, on Apr. 22.

Image credit: Alessandro Fucito


Royal International Air Tattoo 2014 highlights

Here are some of the highlights of RAF Fairford’s Royal International Air Tattoo 2014.

Even though the F-35B Lightning II aircraft could not cross the Pond to take part in the world’s biggest military airshow, the Royal International Air Tattoo 2014 at RAF Fairford, UK, Jul. 17 – 19 did not fail to attract some interesting visitors.

Here are some of those military aircraft and display teams, shot during their demo flights, arrival or departure, by photographer Estelle Calleja.


Last Greek’s A-7 Special Color “Olympus”


AH-64 Apache

Army Air Corps AH-64 Apache



Italian Air Force AMX ACOL



Italian Air Force C-27J


F-16 BAF

Belgian Air Force F-16 Demo


Frecce Tricolori

Frecce Tricolori aerobatic demo team


ItAF Typhoon

Italian Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon


Patrouille de France

Patrouille de France


Patrouille Suisse

Patrouille Suisse


SAF F-18

Swiss Air Force F/A-18


Solo Turk

Turkish Air Force F-16 demo “Solo Türk”


SpAF Hornet

Spanish Air Force F/A-18



Polish Air Force Su-22


Super Hornet

Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet

All images by Estelle Calleja


M-345 HET in new Frecce Tricolori display team livery unveiled

On Sept. 24, 2013, the Italian Minister of Defense announced that the Frecce Tricolori, Italian Air Force’s aerobatic display team will replace their MB.339s with the Alenia Aermacchi M-345 HET (High Efficiency Trainer).

Even if the new basic-advanced trainer will be inducted into active service between 2017 and 2010, Finmeccanica has already unveiled what the traditional livery of the Frecce Tricolori on the M-345 HET could look like.

Image credit: Finmeccanica

Enhanced by Zemanta

The Frecce Tricolori, world’s largest military aerobatic display team, to get new aircraft

Based at Rivolto, in NE Italy, the Frecce Tricolori is the Italian Air Force aerobatic display team, the world’s largest one and the only that can claim credit for five records unmatched by any other aerobatic team in the world.

Since the 1980s, the Frecce Tricolori are equipped with a modified version of the Alenia Aermacchi MB.339A, a single engine tandem seat training and tactical support aircraft, with an overall blue color scheme and the onboard colored smokes generation system.

However, the MB.339 will be replaced by 2017 with a new aircraft, the Alenia Aermacchi M-345.

The news was given by the Italian Minister of Defense Mario Mauro, on Sept. 24, after the “Frecce” had completed 2013’s last display.

The aircraft type that will be assigned to the team is the M-345 HET (High Efficiency Trainer) a new basic-advanced trainer, expected to enter service with the Italian Air Force between 2017-2020.

The new HET is a further development of the M-345 jet trainer (formerly M-311), the latest solution proposed by Alenia Aermacchi for the basic-advanced phase of military pilot training.

The M-345 HET will be equipped with a turbofan engine in the 1.600 kg (3,500 lb) thrust class and will feature long endurance, high load factors (+7/-3,5 g), HUD (Head Up Display) in the front cockpit with repeater in the rear cockpit, MFDDs (multi-function digital displays) for both pilot stations and HOTAS (Hands On Throttle-And-Stick) controls.

Before Mauro announced the M-345 would replace the MB.339, the M-346 advanced jet trainer was believed to be the main (if not only) candidate to equip the Frecce Tricolori team.

Image credit: Alenia Aermacchi

Enhanced by Zemanta

Some special colors and kill markings at the airshow for the 60 years of the Patrouille de France

The Patrouille de France celebrated its 60th anniversary on May 26 with a beautiful air show at the Base Aèrienne 701 Salon-de-Provence.

The air show was attended by some of the most important European aerobatic display teams including the Frecce Tricolori, the Red Arrows, the Patrouille Suisse, the Patrulla Águila, the Team Iskry and the Diables Rouges.

The static display featured some interesting French Air Force hardware such as special colors aircraft and some kill markings painted in unusual way on Mirage 2000 auxiliary fuel tank.

As the imagesin this post show to celebrate the anniversary of the Patrouille de France one of its Alpha Jet its tail adorned with a big 60, as the number of seasons during which the team performed across the world; the Patrouille de France recalled this very important goal also during its display when its own pilots depicted a big 60 in the sky.

Mont de Marsan 4

But even more interesting was the French Air Force Mirage F1 CR in a special color scheme to celebrate the 100 years of the escadrille BR 11 “Cocotte” from Base Aèrienne 118 Mont-de-Marsan.

Mont de Marsan 3

This aircraft, which also celebrated the 30 years of the recce F1 with the squadron, had the name of its author, Damien Coudreau, on its ventral fins.

Coudreau is from Mont-de-Marsan and really did a wonderful job designing this special color.

Mont de Marsan 2

In the last photograph, another fighter, a Mirage 2000 sported some kill markings on its ventral auxiliary fuel tank.

Even if we didn’t know the Rules Of Engagement (ROE) and the training scenario of the dissimilar air combat training, the picture clearly shows two Alpha Jets downed by the Mirage 2000.

Mont de Marsan 1

Image credit: Dario Leone

Enhanced by Zemanta