Something about the cancelled Bahrain 2011 Gran Prix

The Gulf Air Bahrain 2011 Grand Prix, due to be held on Mar. 13, 2011, was cancelled on Feb. 21 as a consequence of the pro-democracy uprising inspired by revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt (to be followed by Libya). In the kingdom capital, home of the US Navy Fifth Fleet command, protesters who were demonstrating to call the end of the monarchy, a new constitution and greater political freedom, were raided by security forces sent to the streets along with tanks to restore calm. Bahrain Crown Prince HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa said: “At the present time the country’s entire attention is focused on building a new national dialogue for Bahrain…. We felt it was important for the country to focus on immediate issues of national interest and leave the hosting of Bahrain’s Formula One race to a later date”.
Ugo Crisponi, of had been appointed to design the Gulf Air lithograph for the Bahrain 2011 Gran Prix. He sent me the final draft (that had to be completed with the correct serials for the Royal Bahraini Air Force F-16s) displaying the GF Airbus A330-200 registered A9C-KA escorted by four RBAF General Dynamics F-16C Block 40E Fighting Falcon delivered in 1990 belonging to the 1st Tactical Fighter Wing based at Shaikh Isa AB, Bahrain International Airport. Noteworthy, the RBAF F-16s flew air defence sorties during Gulf War beginning on Jan. 25, 1991.

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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.