Istrana preserved F-104

On Sept. 8, Matteo Marianeschi visited Istrana where he discovered the following preserved F-104G. According to the information he got during the visit by a pilot, the aircraft had arrived from Dal Molin Museum in Vicenza during the summer. The aircraft has a dual colour scheme: on the right side the aircraft wears the code 3-01 of the 132° Gruppo belonging to the Villafranca-based 3° Stormo; the left side wears the code 3-31 of the 28° Gruppo of the 3° Stormo. The weird thing is that on both side there’s the famous Strega (witch), 28° Gruppo emblem (and radio callsign). The aircraft is serialled MM6577, however this serial was reported in Cervia, even if a further visual check did not provide any confirmation of the 3-01/6577 being there. If the serial is authentic, the aircraft belonged to the 154° Gruppo of the 6° Stormo in Ghedi when the it made the last flight in 1982.







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1 Comment

  1. Confermo che è l’esemplare di Vicenza e che la MM è 6577.
    L’ultimo codice effettivamente avuto è stato 6-16, ultimo volo il 22 Marzo 1982.
    E’ stato poi accantonato a Villafranca, recuperato verso la fine degli anni 80 e restaurato con le insegne dei due Gruppi del 3° Stormo, lato sinistro per riprodurre un esemplare del 28° con i codici 3-31 e le fregi gialli sulla deriva, lato destro per il 132° con i codici 3-01 e fregi rossi. Non mi quadra solo l’insegna della Strega (28°) su entrambe le prese d’aria, ma credo che sia una variazione di livrea successiva, oltretutto fatta con adesivi e non verniciata come a regola avrebbe dovuto essere.
    Speriamo che ci sia la volontà di restaurarlo per bene …

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