As happend in 2008 and 2009, Circus Maximus (Circo Massimo) in Rome will host an exhibition with equipment belonging to the Aeronautica Militare (Italian Air Force), Marina Militare (Italian Navy) and Guardia Costiera (Coast Guard), Esercito Italiano (Italian Army), Guardia di Finanza (Custom Police) and Carabinieri (Military Police) as part of the celebrations for the traditional Italian Armed Forces Day (Nov. 4th). On Oct. 28, the first helicopters landed in the Circus Maximus and Giovanni Maduli was there to take the following pictures of the arrivals.
The following pictures were taken on board Ryanair flights FR6072 (CIA-TPS) and FR8638 (TPS-CIA) on Jun. 8, 2009. Those were the flights, operated by Boeing 737-800, that took me to Trapani airbaseand back, on the same day, to attend the mini-airshow that included also the roll-out of two special coloured F-16s (MM7240 and MM7249) that was organized by the 37° Stormo of the Aeronautica Militare (Italian Air Force, ItAF), to celebrate the achievement of the first 1.000 flight hours on the “Viper” by by both commanders of the 10° and 18° Gruppo, Maj. Salvatore “Cheero” Ferrara and Maj. Maurizio “Masa” De Angelis (for many pictures of that event read Part 1 and Part 2).
Noteworthy: pic. 8 and 9, respectively depict Castelvetrano and Chinisia airfields of the WWII (for more information read the following article: Sicily airports (in the Trapani area) in WWII.
On Sept. 24, 2010, Grosseto airbase, home of the 4° Stormo of the Aeronautica Militare (Italian Air Force, ItAF), hosted the Media Day of the Exercise Grifone 2010. Coordinated by the COFA (Comando Operativo Forze Aeree, Operative Air Forces Command) of Poggio Renatico, this year’s edition of the multinational SAR (Search And Rescue) exercise, took place between Sept. 20 and 23, simulating a scenario in which 2 military aircraft (each with 2 POB) had been involved in a mid-air in the area surrounding Mt. Amiata, in southern Tuscany and the 4 crew members had to be found and rescued asap.
Although only four helicopters attended the Media Day (one AB-212 of the 670^ Squadriglia of Decimomannu, one “212” of the MIATM (Missione Italiana Assistenza Tecnico Militare di Malta), one AB-412 of the 4° Elinucleo Carabinieri from Pisa, and one Super Puma of the Armée de l’Air from Solenzara) a huge variety of choppers took part in the exercise: 1 AB-212AM of the 670^ Squadriglia – Decimomannu, 1 AB-212AM of the MIATM based in Malta, 1 AB-212 of the 3° Reparto Volo PS based in Bologna, 1 AB-412 4° Elinucleo CC based in Pisa, 1 AB-412 Centro Operativo Aereo Corpo Forestale dello Stato based in Rieti, 1 AW-139 of the SUEM (Servizio Urgenze Emergenza Medica) based in Grosseto, 1 AB-412 of the Elinucleo VVFF based in Arezzo, 1 AS-332 Super Puma of the Armée de l’Air (French Air Force, FAF) from Solenzara and 1 HD-19/ AS-330J Puma of the 801° Esq. of the Spanish Air Force, from Palma de Maiorca.
Giovanni Maduli, thanks to the kind support of Capt. Davide Tortora responsible of the Media Operations Center of Ex. Grifone 2010, attended the Briefing and the air display of the Grosseto Media Day and took the following pictures of the event.
People usually thinks that aircraft are subject to “bird strikes” collisions between airborne animals (usually birds) with flying aircraft. However, until the aircraft is on the ground, taxiing or rolling for take off, it is at risk of collisions with dogs, cats, hare, kangaroos, etc. (hence called “wildlife strikes”) that cross aprons, runways and taxiways with the same possible catastrophic results of a bird strike.
A “near miss” (that is an unplanned event that did not result in injury, or damage although having the potential to do so) wildlife strike involving a rabbit occurred during the recent airshow held in Rivolto to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Frecce Tricolori. As the interesting picture below, taken by Giovanni Maduli shows, on Saturday Sept. 11, while the first section of five Alenia Aermacchi MB.339A/PANs of the Pattuglia Acrobatica Nazionale (Italian Aerobatic Team) was taking off for the last display of the day, a hare crossed the runway 06 not far from the aircraft number 1, flown by the leader of the Frecce Tricolori. Fortunately, the animal was fast enough to complete the crossing without being hit by any of the five aircraft, but this exclusive picture reminds us that strike hazard for both military and civilian aviation does not only come from flying animals but also from the ones on the ground living in the vicinity of airports.
The various display teams and solos that attended the 50th Anniversary of the Frecce Tricolori airshow, were not the only stars of the two day event (Sept. 11 and 12, 2010). The VIP area hosted two special guests: the Pagani Zonda Tricolore and the MV Agusta F4, both celebrating the 50th season of the Italian display team. The Pagani limited-edition Zonda Tricolore has a tub made from a carbon fibre and titanium weave, while the body is pure carbon fibre; the blue-lacquer finish and the Italian-flag stripes recall the colour scheme of the MB.339A/PAN of the Frecce Tricolori. List price: 1.3 million Euro.
To celebrate the 50th Anniversary, MV Agusta dressed its most powerful and prestigious of its creations, the new F4, in the colours of the sky and of the Italian flag, producing 11 unique motorcycles in “Frecce Tricolori” livery. The eleven examples were prepared with special components in noble materials such as carbonfibre and titanium, are numbered exactly as the eleven aerobatic aircraft (10 flying + 1 of the Commander), and are inspired by their distinctive graphics. A small silver plate on the steering head indicates the number and id of the aircraft to which each of the bikes is associated.