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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 ...

Axalp 2006 report (in English)

Dec 21 2006

In the age of Google Earth and satellite pictures freely available on the Internet, hiding military installations or denying their existence is at least anachronistic.

“Confusing and camouflaging”, favoring the osmosis of the base with the surroundings urban conglomerate, it is ...

Military Aviation

Nov 21 2017
One Crewmember Survives Trainer Crash. A U.S. Air Force Northrop T-38 Talon two-seat, supersonic advanced trainer crashed on Monda...
Nov 20 2017
U.S. F-22 Raptor Stealth Aircraft Carried Out First Raid In Afghanistan. “Over the past 24 hours, U.S. and Afghan forces con...

Drones

Oct 27 2017
A B-52 from the 419th Flight Test Squadron was given a new nose art to commemorate the Buff’s involvement in a top-secret te...
Sep 20 2017
Here’s the footage of a RAF Reaper drone unleashing Hellfire missile to stop a public execution in Syria. The news of a succ...

Aviation Safety / Air Crashes

Nov 22 2017
C-2 Greyhound COD confirmed involved in the crash. According to the U.S. Navy 7th Fleet, a United States Navy C-2A aircraft belong...
Nov 21 2017
Aerodynamic heating at Mach 6.72 (4,534 mph) almost melted the airframe. On Oct. 3 1967 the North American X-15A-2 serial number 5...

Rogue States

Nov 20 2017
U.S. F-22 Raptor Stealth Aircraft Carried Out First Raid In Afghanistan. “Over the past 24 hours, U.S. and Afghan forces con...
Nov 16 2017
The Newest Version of the Massive Tupolev Tu-160 Blackjack Was Rolled-Out This Week. Russia has rolled out the latest upgrade of t...

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