The following pictures were taken by Michele Carrara at Trapani airbase, where the local based 18° Gruppo (Squadron) of the 37° Stormo (Wing) has recently been officially delivered the first Eurofighter Typhoon jets.
The image prove that the fifth Italian squadron equipped with the F-2000A (as the Typhoon is designated by the Italian Air Force) has already given its first aircraft brand new markings.
Image credit: Michele Carrara
Among the last operative units to operate the legendary F-104 Starfighter in 2003, the 18° Gruppo was the last to fly the F-16 leased by the U.S. and returned last summer to the AMARG.
The Italian Typhoons are not new to Trapani airbase: besides being regularly deployed there to take part to live firing activities in the Sardinian ranges, F-2000As of both the 4° Stormo from Grosseto and 36° Stormo from Gioia del Colle, took part to Operation Unified Protector enforcing the No-Fly Zone over Libya in 2011.
- New Eurofighter Typhoon Squadron activated at Trapani airbase, Italy (theaviationist.com)
- An ordinary day at RAF Coningsby airbase, UK’s main Eurofighter Typhoon base (theaviationist.com)
- Spain to defer the delivery and purchase of 12 Typhoon fighter planes signed with the Eurofighter Defense Consortium (theaviationist.com)
- German Eurofighter Typhoons train in Sardinia to improve air-to-air skills (theaviationist.com)
Eppure si era detto che gli unici due stormi ad avere l’F-2000 sarebbero stati il 4° e il 36°…. Chissà perchè questo cambio di programma….