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Bomba lake

Feb 17 2007

Bomba Lake is a small moutain lake located next to “Bomba” a village located inside the R-50 area. “Romeo Fifty” was one of the operative areas of the 10th Gr F-104s and Bomba lake was a Reporting Point often used ...

Pentagon point

Feb 17 2007

The following Reporting Point (RP) was used by Grazzanise F-104s while flying in accordance with VFR rules. It was (dunno if it is still used today since no Sqn is permanently based in Grazzanise) called “PENTAGON point”, but it is actually an artificial ...

The F-104 boneyard

Feb 16 2007

Here are a couple of screenshots taken from Google Earth, showing the apron of the Centro Manutenzione (Maintenance Center) at Grazzanise, where a lot of retired F-104 rest waiting for restoration. The apron is located on the Eastern part of Grazzanise ...

Flying the TF-104G-M Starfighter

Feb 15 2007
“Mix 153, Grosseto Tower, line up and wait runway 03”.

It is November 27th 2000, I’m strapped in the backseat of the TF-104G-M MM54554 “4-48” of the 20th Gruppo piloted by Capt. Andrea Truppo, an Instructor pilot (IP) of the 4th ...

Hydrazine emergency

Jan 14 2007

Italian version available here

Hydrazine is a colorless liquid (for more info click here) that feeds the electrical systems and the EPU (Emergency Power Unit) in case of engine failure. Should a flame-out occur, hydraulic and electrical systems are fed by ...

The "break"

Dec 27 2006

 

This is not a composite picture showing the same aircraft during a turn. It is a photo taken in 2004 at Grazzanise airbase and depicting the first section of the Frecce Tricolori performing the “break” over the runway. The “break” is a ...

Military Aviation

Jan 23 2017
Swiss F-18 Hornets and Austrian Eurofighters provided Davos World Economic Forum 2017 Air Defense. From Jan. 16 to 20, Swiss and A...
Jan 19 2017
Two B-2 stealth bombers performed a round-trip mission from CONUS (Continental US) to perform airstrikes on Daesh training camps i...

Drones

Jan 11 2017
U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornets released a swarm of 103 Perdix semi-autonomous drones in flight. Welcome to the future of war tech. The U...
Oct 19 2016
MQ-4C, E-2C, C-2A, P-8A, F-35 and SH-60R flew over USS Zumwalt in Chesapeake USS Zumwalt, the U.S. Navy’s newest and most te...

Aviation Safety / Air Crashes

Jan 16 2017
Boeing 747-400 freighter crashed while attempting to land at Kyrgyzstan’s main airport in thick fog. News media and intellig...
Jan 14 2017
A Royal Thai Air Force JAS-39 Gripen has crashed in Thailand. Pilot dead. On Jan. 14, at 09.27 LT, a RTAF JAS-39 Gripen crashed at...

Rogue States

Jan 24 2017
Tu-22 Bombers Fly From Russia with Syrian-Based Fighter Escort to Hit ISIS Terrorist Targets in Syria (with dumb bombs). Russian A...
Jan 20 2017
In a massive two-aircraft nighttime precision strike supported by at least one armed drone U.S. Air Force stealth bombers have kil...

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