During my recent visit to Pratica di Mare, I noticed that many of the aircraft that attended the static display of the 87th Anniversary of the Aeronautica Militare, were “zapped” with a small gecko (or something like that) with the number “14°”. Since the aircraft were parked in the 14° Stormo apron my guess is that most of the visitors were zapped by the personnel of the locally-based Wing, but I’m still looking for someone that is able to confirm this hypothesis and to explain to which unit that symbol belongs to.
Aircraft zapped were:
MM7014/RS-01 Tornado IDS
Write to the public relations officer. He is the one who liases between the public and the base. He could find out.
I’ve been informed that the Gecko (in Italian “Geco”) is the new badge of the local GEA (Gruppo Efficienza Aeromobili), responsible for the maintenance and efficiency of all the aircraft that equip the 14° Stormo. “Geco” is also the callsign used by the personnel of the GEA for radio communications with the pilots during ground operations.