Giorgio Catellani, one of the greatest Italian Air Force heraldry expert, recently sent me a few images of patches belonging to Squadrons equipped with the F-104 or whose badge contained (or still contains) a Starfighter. Some of these pictures are extremely rare and provide and interesting view of the type and feature of the patches the Italian pilots and personnel wore on their flight suits in the ’60s or ’70s, at the beginning of the F-104 career in the Aeronautica Militare (Italian Air Force). Following are the images that Giorgio sent me; all these patches will be soon added to my Italian Air Force F-104 patches.
New Special Colored F-104 Unveiled For The 100th Anniversary of the Historic First Rome – Tokyo Flight
The aircraft was prepared for the anniversary of the arrival in Tokyo. Even though the F-104 Starfighter was retired by the Italian Air Force in 2005 (last operational flight on Oct. 31, 2004), the legendary […]
The multinational exercise saw the participation of assets from Greece, Israel, UAE, Italy and the U.S. Exercise “INIOCHOS” is a yearly medium-scale exercise hosted by the Hellenic Air Force at the facilities of the ATC […]
Click on the image to open a high-resolution version of this picture taken at Decimomannu by Giovanni Maduli during the 50th Anniversary of the AWTI that will provide a lot of details about the Italian […]