On Jul. 10, 2009, a Primera Air Boeing 737-700, with registration TF-JXG, flying as GX-362 flight, from Zakinthos (Greece) to Dublin (Ireland), with 153 passengers and 6 crew members, was escorted by a single F-2000 (not two as some sources reported) of the 4° Stormo of the Aeronautica Militare (Italian Air Force, ItAF) after the crew requested an emergency landing in Rome Fiumicino airport, due to a technical problem. The airplane landed safely on runway 16L, that had been kept sterile for 40 minutes for the emergency arrival with all other traffic “diverted” on runway 16R, at 16.51LT. According to the information released by the ItAF, “Typhoon 99” was ordered to intercept the aircraft, after the B737 had made an unauthorised descent from cruising altitude to FL200. The Italian authorities initially requested the flight to divert to Naples airport, but the commander refused to land in Capodichino as it required a longer runway. Since L’Aquila and Rome were interested in that day by the G8 summit and a NFZ (No Fly Zone) was active, the Italian COFA (Comando Operativo Forze Aeree) scrambled a Typhoon to intercept the “zombie”.
On Jun. 2, 2010, to celebrate the Republic Day, with the traditional flypast of the Frecce Tricolori over Rome. I have already explained my opinion on the flypast here. Noteworthy this year is that Google […]
Total air superiority with a bit of swing role: the Italian Typhoons have completed their first Red Flag
The Italian F-2000s have conducted 115 missions logging 180 flying hours in the Nevada Test and Training Range. On Mar. 11, RF 16-2 came to an end. Among the more than 70 combat planes that […]
TodayH5396/10: Formation flying will take place Q) EGTT/QWVLW/IV/M/W/000/030/5250N00010W040 FORMATION TRANSIT BY 16 MIL FAST JET ACFT ACFT. THE FORMATION WILL FORM UP IN VCY OF 5239N 00033E (MARHAM AD) FROM 1305 HR AND THEN ROUTE: […]