Quasi un milione di ore di volo complessive; 42 anni di servizio; 360 esemplari in forza a quindici gruppi di volo: sono questi i “numeri” dell’F-104, uno dei più famosi, amati e controversi velivoli ad aver mai solcato i cieli italiani. A cinque anni dall’ultimo volo, un’eccezionale raccolta fotografica, ripercorre l’epopea dello Starfighter, un caccia che ha segnato in modo indelebile la storia dell’Aeronautica Militare.
Italian Starfighters è un elegante volume fotografico in tiratura limitata che non può mancare nella libreria di un appassionato di F-104 e di aviazione militare. Il libro contiene le più belle e rare immagini scattate a terra e in volo dai fotografi della Troupe Azzurra, dai piloti dell’Aeronautica Militare, da Katsuhiko Tokunaga, oltre che dall’autore. Nel libro viene inoltre descritta la storia dello “Spillone” in Italia, con numerosi dettagli inediti frutto di ricerche condotte dall’autore con la collaborazione di alcuni dei maggiori esperti mondiali in materia. Il volume contiene anche le immagini inedite dell’ultimo volo di un F-104 italiano, svolto il 27 luglio 2005.
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Here’s a quick preview of the cover of my new book about the F-104 in the Italian Air Force. Five years from its last flight, an exceptional collection of the most rare and stunning images of 42 years of service, recalls the history of one of the most famous, loved and controversial aircraft of the Aeronautica Militare (Italian Air Force). The book, in Italian and English text, will also contain exclusive air-to-air images of the very last flight of an Italian F-104, taken on July 27, 2005! Italian Starfighters will be available from April 2010 and you will have the possibility to order a signed limited edition from this site at the very special price of 35 Euro. Worldwide shipping available.
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On Feb. 26, 2010, FlightAware Alert Service sent me an automatic mail as the aircraft with registration N764TT had filed a Flight Plan (FPL) from KIAB (McConnel AFB) to LIRE (Pratica di Mare). I configured the alert since N764TT is the registration currently applied to of one of the four long awaited KC-767s ordered by the Aeronautica Militare (Italian Air Force, ItAF) (for more information read here). The filed FPL that you can see here contained the following route: ROKNE BUM SPI J80 LARRI J230 RBV J62 ACK WHALE N35A BANCS NATX ATSUR TAKAS UN490 TERPO UM616 LERGA UT183 OTROT UM728 BTA UL146 MOULE UL146 ELB UM729 ELVIN The aircraft departed on Feb 26 and arrived at Pratica di Mare around 08.00AM LT. Since it is painted in military grey and wears the ItAF code 14-03, those who spotted it thought the aircraft was finally delivered to the Aeronautica Militare; however, the aircraft is in Italy with Boeing crew just to perform some tests with some Italian fighters acting as “receivers” and it was not delivered to the ItAF yet. A few pictures were taken by spotters from outside the base and can be seen in various forums. I suggest you having a look at those available at the following address: http://www.aviazionecivile.com/vb/showthread.php?s=fa4933d1941088aeb6fcbf8c836967f7&t=106625
The title of this post says it all. Most of the Italian readers of this blog will remember the fatal crash on an Italian HH-3F of the 84° CSAR (Centro SAR, SAR Center) in France on Oct. 23, 2008, causing the loss of 8 POB (People On Board). For more background information I suggest reading the following articles: An ItAF HH-3F crashes in France, Mammaiut: all the ItAF HH-3F grounded and HH-3F crash caused by the fracture of a main rotor’s blade. The inquiry following the crash hypothesizes that the helicopter lose a blade as a consequence of two factors: the first one, bad maintenance performed by Agusta; the second one, could be an incorrect translation of the aircraft manual. In fact, the crew was signalled by a cockpit light that the blade pressure had decreased but, after landing in Dijon for further checks, (perhaps) they decided to proceed to Florennes because the manuals contained a translation error that induced them to follow an incorrect procedure to solve the problem.
I don’t know how this (leaked?) video was obtained. I’m not even sure it will remain online for a long time. The Belgian user who uploaded should be careful since I’m pretty sure the footage was not meant to be publicly disclosed, but maybe he got all the permissions required. Anyway at the following address: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7DygPsJ_sA you can see an impressive near miss recorded by an Italian F-16. Radio comms can be heard as well. Here’s just a screenshot:
Aircraft involved are two ItAF F-16s of the 37° Stormo, based in Trapani (radio callsign “Brandy”). Date of the near miss is Dec 13, 2006. The aircraft are apparently returning to their homebase after some kind of exercise; they are in contact with “Cyrano” (a French E-3 AWACS) that clears them to climb to FL360 for RTB. Then, the two fighters are handed over to Rome Military radar that tries to identify the mission but can’t estrablish the radar contact with it. The two aircraft continue climbing to the previously cleared level and level off at FL360 when the wingman spots something that is coming from the opposite direction, same level, between the two F-16 (that are most probably flying a loose formation). At time 03:30 you can see the contrails of the commercial jet appearing on the left side. The leader of Brandy 41 sees the incoming liner at the very last moment and performs an escape manoeuvre. The cause of the near miss is obviously not clear: for sure the two aircraft are given from Cyrano a clearance to climb to 36.000 feet. The E-3 has coordinated the climb and they are under radar control. They contact Rome Military telling the controller “….climbing 360…” and they repeat the information as they give their position and altitude (“360, 100 NM from RONAB”) shortly before the close encouter, when they are requested to check the C mode. Something unclear occurred (I think on radar controller side….) but a fine weather, a watchful wingman and a certain amout of luck contributed to the happy ending.
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