Recently, Jean-Luc Beghin, a Belgian Aviation Illustrator (I suggest you to visit his site: http://www.jeanlucbeghin.com/), sent me the following pictures explaining that he was looking for the names of some pilots of the 22° Gruppo of the 51° Stormo of the Aeronautica Militare (Italian Air Force, ItAF) who he had the opportunity to meet and invite for dinner at his house, in 1974, while they were deployed to Beauvechain, Belgium, for a Squadron Exchange. While I was unable to recognize them I thought that the pictures below could be of some interest for the F-104 and flight gears enthusiasts as they provide some details on the flight suits, patch and hats worn by the Italian pilots in the mid 70’s.
Good bye Black Sheeps: the retirement of the P.166DL3, the Italian Air Force's aerophotogrammetry platform
Although it passed almost unnoticed, at end of November 2011, the 71° Gruppo of the Italian Air Force based at Pratica di Mare, near Rome, retired one of the less known and most interesting aircraft: […]
Italian Eurofighters Deployed To Poland To Augment NATO Air Policing
A month after completing the enhanced Air Policing mission in Romania, the Italian Air Force is now supporting the 60th rotation of NATO’s Air Policing mission in the Baltic region. Four Aeronautica Militare (Italian Air […]
June 2: Italian Republic Day
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 […]