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Principe de Asturias

Mar 09 2007

The Spanish aircraft carrier Principe de Asturias, made a port visit in Civitavecchia on February 17th and 18th 2007. The ship made a stop in Italy before taking part in a multi-national naval excercise in the Tyrrhenian sea. Giovanni Maduli was in ...

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 ...

Military Aviation

Aug 21 2018
The Iraqi F-16IQ Block 52 aircraft were refueled from a Stratotanker over Iraq for the first time. On Aug. 15, 2018, Iraqi Air For...
Aug 20 2018
Here are some interesting details about the Advanced Aerial Training exercise that took place at Albacete Air Base, Spain, last we...

Drones

Aug 06 2018
Drone attack on President Maduro caught on video. According to press reports and official reports two drones armed with explosives...
Jun 28 2018
U.S. Navy’s MQ-4C “Triton” belonging to the Unmanned Patrol Squadron One Nine (VUP-19) DET Point Mugu conducted ...

Aviation Safety / Air Crashes

Aug 18 2018
Accident is Third T-38 Crash in Ten Months for Talon II, Continues Series of U.S. Accidents. A U.S. Air Force Northrop T-38C Talon...
Aug 14 2018
Video shows a C-5 performing a nose gear-up landing at JB San Antonio last March. As you may remember, on Mar. 15, 2018, an Air Fo...

Rogue States

Aug 21 2018
Iran claims it’s a new aircraft, but it’s just a +40 years old two-seat F-5…. Iranian media says that a new Iran...
Aug 21 2018
The Iraqi F-16IQ Block 52 aircraft were refueled from a Stratotanker over Iraq for the first time. On Aug. 15, 2018, Iraqi Air For...

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