MM6507 – new update

There’s a lot of interest about the fate of the MM6507 that was (apparently) being restored at Grazzanise (read also these posts http://cencio4.wordpress.com/2007/11/28/mm6507-update/ and http://cencio4.wordpress.com/2007/11/12/new-f-104-restoration-project-discovered/).
Someone initially pointed to the F-104 pole mounted in Istrana with code 51-21 as the MM6507 seen at Grazzanise, however, when I visited Grazzanise for the last time on Apr 26, I saw the aircraft among the others in the famous scrapyard next to the GEA hangar. The preserved grey 51-21 that was erected in the centre of Istrana (town), was identified by the IFS (International F-104 Society) as MM6552.
Here are a few pictures I took in Grazzanise on Apr 26. Among the others (on the right) you can notice the camouflaged tail of the MM6507 with the characteristic 22 Gruppo/51 Stormo bagdes.



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  2. Mi sfugge qualcosa, come può il MM 6507, che è un F-104G, avere i colori del 22° Gruppo del 51° Stormo che è un reparto che non ha mai avuto in carico velivoli F-104G (ma solo S ed aggiornamenti successivi ?)

  3. Ciao Claudio,
    in realtà non ti sfugge nulla. Il velivolo è proprio un G che però porta i colori di un reparto che in carico ha avuto solo S e successivi.
    Un pò come avvenuto con il 104 di Cervia restaurato per i 90 anni del 23° Gruppo: un ASA-M “travestito” da S.
    David

  4. OK, tutto chiaro.
    A me però risulta che il MM 6507 fosse stato truccato da “9-10” e posto, credo come gate guardian, alla Scuola Specialisti di Caserta.
    I colori del 22° sono dunque una riverniciatura successiva ? Boh …

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