Courtesy of the Old Crow team (visit their site: http://www.oldcrow.it), here are the drawings of the F-16 ADF MM7240 that was painted with a special colour scheme to celebrate the 1.000 hours on the “Viper” by Maj. Maurizio “Masa” De Angelis (to read more about the event click Part 1, Part 2 or Special Patches).
For the event held in Trapani on Jun. 8 (to read more click here and here) to celebrate the 1.000 hours on the F-16 by the two squadron commanders, the 10° and 18° Gruppo presented some brand new patches:
These are the two patches made to celebrate the 1.000 hours (left, the 18° Gruppo patch, right, the 10° Gr one)
These are the two new patches made by the 18° Gruppo
These are the patches made to celebrate the 1.000 hours or 2.000 hours on the F-104 and F-16 Air Defense Fighters. These are worn by pilots of both squadrons
The Lockheed Martin celebrative patch on the Cheero (left) and Masa (right) flight suits
The patches worn by Fats (Capt. Pier Francesco Grassi). Fats gave me the lower one (1.000 hours ADF) as a gift after the flight
On Jun. 8, the 37° Stormo of the Aeronautica Militare (Italian Air Force, ItAF) presented two F-16 ADF (MM7240 and MM7249) painted in special colour schemes to celebrate the 1000 Flight Hours achieved by both commanders of the 10° and 18° Gruppo, Maj. Salvatore “Cheero” Ferrara and Maj. Maurizio “Masa” De Angelis. The two “specials” performed an interesting air display that involved also other 7 aircraft of both Squadrons, comprising MM7239 that is a sort of semi-special having the tail painted with the colours of the 10° Gruppo on the right hand side and the ones of the 18° Gruppo on the left hand side: MM7253, 7257, 7241, 7260, 7250, 7267, 7239, 7240, 7249.
Following is the first selection of pictures taken during the event, which comprised 9 ship flypasts, and aerobatic maneuvers (schneider, looping, rollover, etc) of the two Specials. More pictures will be published in the next days.
I’ve already discussed the Eurofighter low passage in a dedicated post. Here are the pictures I took from both the small dock located to the left of the display area and from the top of the Plinius lido building, slightly right of the previous spot. I was initially cleared to take pictures from one of the organisation’s boats but there was slight sea and I had to stay “feet dry”.
Full collection of pictures taken on May 30 and 31 is available at the following address: http://lowpassage.com/2009/06/01/rome-international-air-show-ostia-air-show-30-310509/
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