Grosseto airbase has changed a lot in the last 10 years. As described in my previous posts, today the airport it is the MOB of the ItAF Eurofighters (the Gioia del Colle and its 12th Gruppo/36th Stormo will be delivered their first Typhoon on Oct. 1st 2007). Grosseto is the homebase of two squadrons: the 20th OCU (Operational Convertion Unit) and 9th Gruppo all-weather interceptors. Aircraft of both gruppi are currently recovered in the new hangars located in the Western area of the field, opposite the former 20th Gruppo shelters and aprons. In order to understand how this important base has transformed in the last years, read the report I wrote in Y2K, dealing with Grosseto and the two gruppi equipped at that time with the F/TF-104 Starfighter: Grosseto airbase, home of the 4th Stormo.
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German Typhoon pilots train hard (while other fighter pilots lose proficiency flying boring patrols over Libya)
While NATO and some partner’s fighter jets continue with pretty boring patrol flights to enforce a Libyan No-Fly Zone that is slightly becoming useless (given the total lack of aerial threats), Germany has deployed its […]
Here are a few more interesting pictures of the Spring Flag Media Day held on Apr 17 at Decimomannu airbase. For the air display of the Exercise some assets of the Trapani-based Opfor visited Deci: […]
A log of the aircraft taking part in the Exercise Spring Flag 2008 from Decimomannu airport. Serials identified from the pictures. LIED MM7132 51-01 AMX MM7144 51-03 AMX MM7146 51-25 AMX MM7133 51-32 AMX MM7007 […]