Ali sul Lago: the air display before the NH90 crashed into Bracciano Lake

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 ( 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.

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David Cenciotti is a journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.