Even if the Ali sul Lago will be long remembered for the tragic images of the Italian Army NH90 crashing into the waters of Bracciano Lake in front of the Vigna di Valle museum of the Italian Air Force (http://cencio4.wordpress.com/2008/06/02/nh90-crashes-into-bracciano-lake-during-an-airshow/) and the subsequent death of Capt. Filippo Fornassi of the AVES, the 2008 edition had begun with some interesting display of historic aircraft and with some flybys of the Frecce Tricolori. The Italian display team, coming from Pratica di Mare did not perform its full programme, since the location doesn’t provide the lateral clearance required by the formation. However, the 9 MB.339A/PAN made some formation maneuvers, Schneider turn, Diamond formation roll and gear down flypast comprised. The following pictures show how the Frecce tailored their display to the available airspace surrounding Vigna di Valle. As the Frecce Tricolori left the area heading back to Pratica, the NH90 from Viterbo, after orbiting nearby, approached the display area at low altitude on the surface of Bracciano Lake for its display.
In May 2003, I had the opportunity to fly a mission on board an MB-339A of the locally based 609^ Squadriglia Collegamenti to take some air-to-air pictures of the F-104 Starfighter belonging to the 10° […]
Italian Typhoons Deploy To Kuwait To Carry Out ISR Missions In Support Of Operation Inherent Resolve
The Italian Air Force Typhoons have arrived at Alì Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait. Four F-2000A Typhoon jets, belonging to the Aeronautica Militare (Italian Air Force) have deployed to Kuwait, to support Operation Inherent Resolve, […]
The Italian Air Force has retired the HH-3F Pelican after 37 years of active service. The helicopter was replaced by the HH-139A. On Sept. 26, with a ceremony held at Pratica di Mare airport, near […]