The Italian Air Force Prepares To Celebrate Its 100th Anniversary

In the box, ItAF Chief of Staff, Gen. Luca Goretti outlines the plan of 2023 Centenary celebrations. (Image credit: ItAF). Main image: two F-35s in formation (Image credit: Giovanni Colla)

The Italian Air Force has just outlined the full plan of events that will celebrate its 100th anniversary throughout 2023.

The Aeronautica Militare (Italian Air Force) is preparing to celebrate its 100th anniversary with celebrations across the country and a series of multimedia initiatives designed to help mark the important milestone.

The complete agenda was made public by the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Gen. Luca Goretti, during an event in the evocative setting of the Auditorium Parco della Musica, in Rome, attended by numerous religious, civil and military authorities, including the Joint Chief of Staff, Admiral Giuseppe Cavo Dragone.

Gen. Goretti during the presentation of the 2023 events.

Aerial demonstrations, traveling exhibitions, editorial projects, sporting events and international conferences: in chronological order, Gen. Goretti presented the list of back-to-back multidisciplinary initiatives that will have in Mar. 28, the exact date the service was established, the most significant and iconic moment with two main events: a military ceremony on the Pincio terrace and a flypast involving several formations over the city of Rome.

The plan (Image credit: ItAF)

From Mar. 24 – 29, Piazza del Popolo, in Rome, will host the “Air Force Experience” village, with aircraft on static display, information and entertainment meetings, promotional stands, flight simulators, projections, musical and sporting performances that will allow all the visitors to experience the 100 years of the Italian Air Force.

A C-27J Spartan. (Image: ItAF)

“We want to share with the public opinion, Defence, Industry and with all the most important sectors of civil society our path, made up of collective memory but always looking at the future” General Goretti said. An approach that has driven the design of the official Italian Air Force Calendar, that retraces, through 12 artwork, the ten decades of the Air Force, embracing the past, present and future.

An interesting cultural initiative that has in fact already opened the long path towards the Centenary of the Aeronautics is the “Ali di Carta” (Paper Wings) exhibition, hosted until mid-February 2023 in the Historical Halls of Palazzo Aeronautica, which retraces the epic of two of the most incredible inventions of the last century, cinema and flight, through the most important Italian and international cinema billboards and posters from the 1900s to today.

On Feb. 15, the Salone dei Cinquecento in Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, will host the Historical Symposium, a narrative path with a historical that will retrace the fundamental stages of flight and the Air Force, recalling the story of the main characters who gave prestige and impetus to the 100 years of the Air Force.

G550 CAEW (Image credit: ItAF)

On Apr. 18, the Italian Air Force Museum, in Vigna di Valle, near Rome, will open again after a restyling and complete overhaul; on May 12 – 13, the “Italian AeroSpace Power Conference 2023”, an event of international importance, gathering academics, researchers, civil and military experts, who will elaborate new ideas and exchange interdisciplinary views, presenting technology, innovation and sustainability associated with the aerospace sector, will be held in the suggestive location of the Nuvola di Fuksas in Rome.

Dealign with the Frecce Tricolori as part of the team’s 2023 display season, the Italian Air Force will plan the presence of the team in at least one flyover or airshow in each Italian Region.

Between June 16 – 18, Pratica di Mare air base will host the Centenary airshow, that will focus on both the current and past aircraft of the Italian Air Force. It will be the main airshow in Italy in 2023, so much so, it will also be broadcast live on Rai 1 (flagship television channel of the Italian State TV).

The Frecce Tricolori during their trademark final pass. (Image credit: Alessandro Fucito)

There’s much more in the agenda. You can have a look yourself at this link.

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.