The 18° Gruppo (Squadron) of the Aeronautica Militare (Italian Air Force) has had checkered tails on its aircraft since the unit flew the F-104 Starfighter, out of Trapani Birgi Air Base, Sicily, in the 1980s.
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What a beatiful shot, I miss the Starfighter…