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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

Jun 18 2018
Here are a couple of cool clips filmed from a privileged point of view. On Jun. 17, Chippewa Valley Regional Airport in Eau Claire...
Jun 16 2018
Assembly of the first European-built F-35 for the Royal Netherlands Air Force has kicked off in Italy. On Jun. 15, Dutch Secretary...

Drones

Jun 10 2018
NBVC Point Mugu’s first two Triton drones commence operations (with interesting tail markings). On May 31, Unmanned Patrol S...
Jun 08 2018
In the Back Lot of the Pima Air & Space Museum You Can Discover History. 1547 Hrs. December 20, 2009. In the Back Storage Yard...

Aviation Safety / Air Crashes

Jun 14 2018
The 10-mile long Holloman High Speed Test Track (HHSTT) is a United States Air Force aerospace ground test facility used to perfo...
Jun 11 2018
Condition of Pilot Unknown Following Rescue. It’s the sixth USAF crash since the beginning of 2018. A USAF F-15C Eagle belon...

Rogue States

Jun 18 2018
The new Tu-214ON has carried out a series of test flights in southwest Russia, close to the border with Ukraine. Tupolev is contin...
Jun 10 2018
Here’s yet another ultra-low pass of a Ukrainian combat aircraft. The following footage was reportedly filmed in 2014. It sh...

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