Let’s Have A Look At The State Flights That Visited Rome For The G20 Summit

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The Air Force One takes off from Rome Fiumicino airport on Nov. 1, 2021. (Image credit: Matteo Buono)

Last week, Rome hosted the G20 summit. And here are some of the most interesting visitors to Rome Fiumicino airport.

As already reported in detail, the presence of many Heads of State, Prime Ministers and authorities at the G20 held in Rome last week required the Italian Air Force to deploy a contingent of Eurofighter Typhoons supported by KC-767 and KC-130J tankers, MQ-9 Predator, P-72A, G.550 CAEW (Conformal Airborne Early Warning) to ensure the security of the summit.

While ISR (Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance) aircraft monitored suspicious activities around the summit venues and and followed the various “convoys” through the city, the Italian fighters in CAP (Combat Air Patrol) enforced an ADIZ (Air Defense Identification Zone) and a NFZ (No-Fly Zone) that were also established to ensure the safe arrival and (a couple of days later) the departure of the various VIPs and their accompanying delegations flights.

All the State Flights and a number of supporting military ones could be spotted operating at the two main airports serving Italy’s capital, Rome Fiumicino and Rome Ciampino. The only exception were the U.S. Air Force C-17s carrying the support material for President Biden’s motorcade that operated from Pratica di Mare Air Base, a military airfield located a few km to the southeast of Fiumicino, where the Air Force One VC-25A and the accompanying SAM46 C-32A landed.

Here below you can find some of the most interesting aircraft that visited Rome Fiumicino airport during the G20 (by the way, needless to say, most of these were also visible on flight tracking websites), shot by our contributors Giovanni Maduli and Matteo Buono. Other really interesting aircraft that arrived at “Fiume” (as Rome Fiumicino airport is dubbed in pilot’s slang), but are not included in the gallery below, were the Indian B777, the German Air Force A319, the Turkish A330, the UK Government new A321neoLR (G-XATW) and the Argentinian A330. On the other hand, the Spanish Air Force A310, the Slovenian MoD F2TH as well as the French Air Force Dassault Falcon 7X jets landed at Ciampino airport.

KAF001, the South Korean B747-400 landing on runway 16R at Rome Fiumicino on Oct. 28, 2021 (Image credit: Giovanni Maduli)
The Turkish Air Force A400M is one of the military transport flights that operated from Fiumicino airport. (Image credit: Matteo Buono)
Brunei Government B787-800 about to land at Rome Fiumicino airport on Oct. 29, 2021. (Image credit: Matteo Buono)
RAAF KC-30 landing at Rome Fiumicino on Oct. 29, 2021. (Image credit: Giovanni Maduli)
Indonesia Government B777 on Oct. 29, 2021. (Image credit: Matteo Buono)
Flying as GAF906 the A340-300 “16-02” lands in Fiumicino on Oct. 30, 2021. (Image credit: Matteo Buono)
RSD008 IL-96 RA-96019 arriving at “Fiume” on Oct. 30, 2021. (Image credit: Giovanni Maduli)
About David Cenciotti
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.