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Last German Phantoms detachment in Decimomannu

14 F-4 Phantom belonging to the JG71 of the German Air Force have been operating from Decimomannu airbase, in Sardinia from Aug. 2, 2010. Most probably, this will be the the last F.4 deployment in Italy for the German Phantoms, as they are expected to cease the operations at Wittmund airbase next year. The F-4s were joined by 2 A-4s of the BAE Systems (former Israeli Air Force Skyhawk that replaced the F-100Fs in 2002) employed for target-towing during gunnery practice, that landed in Deci on Aug. 17 and will be operating along with the Phantoms until Sept. 16, 2010, when the detachment is expected to leave. One of the JG71 birds, the special coloured “37+75” was handed over as a base gate guardian.
Giovanni Maduli went to Decimomannu on Aug. 18, 2010, and took the following pictures of the flying activity taking place in the ItAF base.










A microcamera mounted on the MB.339A/PAN MLU to shoot footage for the 50th Anniversary promo

In the last few days, the new Frecce Tricolori’s 50th Anniversary promo was unveiled. The video, was recorded and produced entirely in Rivolto Airbase by the Pattuglia Acrobatica Nazionale, with the help of the Reparto Sperimentale Volo (the ItAF Test Wing), for the first time shows the unique images taken from special, internal and external microcameras. The video can be found here:

The following images show the microcamera that was attached to one of the aircraft (the MM54479/”0″, that later became “50” to celebrate the Anniversary) before the Frosinone airshow. As the first picture shows, the upper part of the tail (with a light blue colour) was completely removed/replaced to attach the equipment needed to shoot footage for the promo.

The "Nervi Hangars"

In a previous article titled “Sicily airports (in the Trapani area) in WWII” I explained that inside the Reserve of the Stagnone, a lagoon extending in the Marsala territory, to the South of Trapani, during WWII there was a Seaplane Station of the Regia Aeronautica (Royal Italian Air Force) with the two hangars built between 1938 and 1943 by Pier Luigi Nervi (still preserved in the area) which hosted the Cant. Z.501 of the 144^ Squadriglia Ricognizione and also of the 197^ Squadriglia of the 85° Gruppo Ricognizione Marittima (Maritime Reconnaissance).
During the same flight I recalled in the above mentioned article, Giovanni Maduli was able to took a picture of the area and the remains of the seaplane station, comprising the two famous hangars, nicknamed “Nervi Hangars”. Following the Allied invasion of Sicily on Jul. 13, 1943, the 144^ Squadriglia was moved to Orbetello and the 197^ to Lago Patria, near Naples, where they were disbanded.  After the war, the hangars were used to recover materials, equipment and vehicles from Catania and Boccadifalco (Palermo) airports.

Later, the area hosted some buildings of the Marsala CRC, the local GCI (Ground Controlled Interception) station: initially, at the beginning of the ’60s, the radar began the operations from Timpone with personnel destined to the Marsala CRC temporarily based in the logistical area in Chinisia airport;  from Jul. 1, 1962, the Marsala CRC was officially established and the Command of Marsala CRC (Centro Riporto e Controllo) was settled in the area of the former Seaplane Station.

“Frecce Tricolori un volo lungo cinquant’anni” – the official Italian Air Force book for the 50th Anniversary of the Frecce Tricolori

Published in September 2010, by the DeAgostini (one of the most important Italian publishing houses) with the contribution of Aviator Edizioni, my latest book, “Frecce Tricolori – un volo lungo 50 anni” represents the official publication of the Italian Air Force for the 50th Anniversary of the Frecce Tricolori. The book in Italian and English text is a spectacular hardcovered photographic album of 128 pages, measuring 44×30 cm, containing +220 images, that celebrates the fifty operational seasons of the Pattuglia Acrobatica Nazionale (Italian Aerobatic Display Team). Symbol of Italy’s and Aeronautica Militare’s eccellent technical and professional capabilities, the Frecce Tricolori are recognized all around the world as one of the best aerobatic display teams, the only one to fly with 10 aircraft. Heir of a long tradition in collective aerobatics that had in the pilots of the 1° Stormo Caccia of Campoformido its first expression, the Pattuglia Acrobatica Nazionale flies a highly technical flying programme that has been attracting thousands spectators in Italy and abroad for half a century. The book analyses the role of the Pattuglia Acrobatica Nazionale (Italian Aerobatic Team) within the Aeronautica Militare (Italian Air Force) and describing its organisation, its special characteristics, and its history. The various chapters of the volume unveil all the “secrets” of the Frecce Tricolori, from the aircraft flown to the flying programme, from the roles to the pilots’ equipment, with information capable of satisfying even the most discriminating taste and images taken by the PAN, by the Troupe Azzurra of the ItAF, by the Author and by the famous photographer Katsuhiko Tokunaga.

“Frecce Tricolori – un volo lungo cinquant’anni”

Author:  David Cenciotti

ISBN number: 9788851115173

The cover price of the book is € 39,50.

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"Frecce Tricolori un volo lungo cinquant'anni" – il libro ufficiale dell'AM per il 50° Anniversario della PAN

Sarà disponibile a partire dai primi di settembre, il mio libro, edito dalla DeAgostini, con il contributo della Aviator Edizioni, sulle Frecce Tricolori, pubblicazione ufficiale dell’AM per il 50° Anniversario della PAN. Si tratta di uno spettacolare volume fotografico di 128 pagine, nel formato chiuso 44 x 30 cm, che celebra i 50 anni di attività delle Frecce Tricolori, la pattuglia acrobatica dell’Aeronautica Militare. Simbolo delle eccellenti capacità tecniche e professionali della Forza Armata e dell’Italia, la Pattuglia Acrobatica Nazionale è, per unanime giudizio, una delle migliori formazioni acrobatiche del mondo, l’unica a volare con dieci velivoli. Erede di una lunga tradizione nell’acrobazia aerea collettiva, che ebbe nei “saltimbanchi” del 1° Stormo Caccia di Campoformido la sua prima espressione, la PAN vola un programma altamente tecnico e spettacolare che da mezzo secolo richiama folle entusiaste di spettatori in Italia e all’estero. Ma quali sono i segreti della Pattuglia Acrobatica Nazionale? Chi sono gli uomini e quali i mezzi che hanno reso celebri le Frecce? Come vengono selezionati e in che modo vengono addestrati i nuovi piloti? Come viene organizzata un’esibizione e come sono nate le figure che emozionano e tengono con il fiato sospeso migliaia di spettatori? A queste e a moltissime altre domande risponde, con contenuti inediti e immagini esclusive, la pubblicazione ufficiale dell’Aeronautica Militare per il cinquantenario delle Frecce Tricolori.

Il volume presenta la Pattuglia Acrobatica Nazionale, analizzandone il ruolo nell’ambito dell’Aeronautica Militare e descrivendone l’organizzazione, le peculiarità e la storia. I vari capitoli del volume, svelano tutti i “segreti” delle Frecce Tricolori, dal velivolo al programma di volo, dai ruoli nella formazione all’equipaggiamento dei piloti, con informazioni in grado di soddisfare anche i palati più raffinati e immagini della PAN, della Troupe Azzurra, dell’autore e del famoso fotografo Katsuhiko Tokunaga.

Il prezzo del volume è di € 39,50.

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