"A special plane": air-to-air video of the special coloured F-104

Between 2003 and 2004, Piercarlo Ciacchi, a former F-104 pilot currently flying with the Frecce Tricolori display team, produced a series of videos he took flying with the Starfighter from Grazzanise, where its squadron, the 18° Gruppo, was temporary deployed. The following one is dedicated to the world famous 9-99, the red special colour of the 9° Stormo; the first and only Starfighter in special colour scheme ever made by the wing based in Grazzanise. The video is titled “Un aereo speciale” (“A special plane”) and you can watch it all by clicking the below image:

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  1. Hello David,

    I have seen the video, and I must tell you it,s a very good video.

    I like that very much because it,s my favorite aircraft, but also the
    TF-104G with the amazing sound on the ground and in the Air.

    I hope also that the F-104 will flying again by the Italian AF.

    I collect also souvenirs about the F-104. Only I don,t have any patches or stickers from the T/F-104G/S Italian AF/sqn.

    If you have several one please let me know.

    Kind Regards,

    Henry Weterholt (Enschede The netherlands.)

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