CIA-TPS-CIA: round-trip flight with Ryanair in 18 pictures

The following pictures were taken on board Ryanair flights FR6072 (CIA-TPS) and FR8638 (TPS-CIA) on Jun. 8, 2009. Those were the flights, operated by Boeing 737-800, that took me to Trapani airbaseand back, on the same day, to attend the mini-airshow that included also the roll-out of two special coloured F-16s (MM7240 and MM7249) that was organized by the 37° Stormo of the Aeronautica Militare (Italian Air Force, ItAF), to celebrate the achievement of the first 1.000 flight hours on the “Viper” by by both commanders of the 10° and 18° Gruppo, Maj. Salvatore “Cheero” Ferrara and Maj. Maurizio “Masa” De Angelis (for many pictures of that event read Part 1 and Part 2).
Noteworthy: pic. 8 and 9, respectively depict Castelvetrano and Chinisia airfields of the WWII (for more information read the following article: Sicily airports (in the Trapani area) in WWII.

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David Cenciotti is a journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.