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.
Richard J. Caruana, an established aviation author and illustrator, sent me the following file f-104-layout_low containing an interesting series of F-104 profiles. The profiles were published on MODEL AIRPLANE INTERNATIONAL no. 41, December 2008 issue, […]
Thanks to the BBC, on June 14 I’ve had the possibility to watch the footage of the flypast provided by the Royal Air Force to mark the Queen’s official birthday. The flypast involved 57 aircraft […]
Quasi un milione di ore di volo complessive; 42 anni di servizio; 360 esemplari in forza a quindici gruppi di volo: sono questi i “numeri” dell’F-104, uno dei più famosi, amati e controversi velivoli ad […]