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Spring Flag 2008 debrief – part 1

The VIP / Media Day held on Apr 17 at Decimommanu airbase was the final act of the Exercise Spring Flag. The final press conference provided lots of interesting details (that will be discussed in the next days in a dedicated post); one of the most important deals with the weather conditions that affected flight operations during the whole duration of the Exercise. Sardinia island (and most of Italy) was interested by cloudy weather that had a significant impact on the planned sorties.


Just to have an idea of the rate of cancellations let’s have a look at some figures: the Coalition forces, based in Deci flew 212 out 373 missions, the 63% of the planned sorties. The Opfor based in Trapani were less affected by the meteorological conditions and flew 119 sorties out of 137 planned, the 87%. Even for this reason, one of the Exercise’s lessons learned is that next year the Spring Flag could take place a little later, most probably in May.


I think the pictures in this post, taken by Alessandro Fucito, are particularly interesting. They show a layer of sand dust on the upper surfaces of the aircraft taking off from Deci on Apr 11. The night before, the airport was interested by a storm coming from Northern Africa that brought rain and sand from the Sahara Desert on the aircraft parked along the main apron between the Nelly West and Sally West taxiway.

Spring Flag pictures – part 4

The second week of the Ex. Spring Flag has begun on Apr 14. The scenario is always the same and the main difference with the first part of the Exercise is that from Apr 14 to 16, night missions have been scheduled for both the Coalition and Opfor assets. The SF08 will formally end after the Media Day that will be held on Apr 17 even if the last operative missions was flown on Apr 16 night. From Apr 18, the aircraft will begin redeploying to their homebases even if some assets (all but 2 51 St AMX and the Ala 46 Hornets) have already returned at the end of the first week and did not take part to the night phase.

The following pictures were taken at Decimomannu during the first week by Giovanni Maduli.

Spring Flag – part 3 + log

A log of the aircraft taking part in the Exercise Spring Flag 2008 from Decimomannu airport. Serials identified from the pictures.

MM7132 51-01 AMX
MM7144 51-03 AMX
MM7146 51-25 AMX
MM7133 51-32 AMX
MM7007 6-01 Tornado
MM7025 6-05 Tornado
MM7035 6-27 Tornado
MM7006 6-31 Tornado ‘Sp. Col. 154 Gr’
MM7011 6-13 Tornado
MM7015 6-32 Tornado
MM7025 (?) 6-35 Tornado
MM7038 6-37 Tornado
MM7286 4-2 F2000A
MM7287 4-3 F2000A
MM7285 4-16 F2000A
MM7284 4-21 F2000A
MM7276 36-01 F2000A
MM7272 36-03 F2000A
MM7235 36-04 F2000A
MM55072 36-05 MB.339CD
MM55077 61-145 MB.339CD
MM55078 61-146 MB.339CD
MMxxxxx 61-152 MB.339CD
MM55086 61-156 MB.339CD
MM62146 8 GV G.222
MM62107 8 GV G.222VS
4308 Tornado JBG32
4337 Tornado JBG32
4343 Tornado JBG32
4538 Tornado JBG32
4541 Tornado JBG32
4551 Tornado AG51
4576 Tornado AG51
4579 Tornado JBG32
4614 Tornado AG51
4626 Tornado JBG32
4627 Tornado JBG32
4657 Tornado JBG32
110 F-16C 111 PM
115 F-16C
119 F-16C
139 F-16C
141 F-16C
C.15-81 46-09 F-18A Ala 46
C.15-83 46-11 F-18A
C.15-85 46-13 F-18A
C.15-87 46-15 F-18A
G-FRAW Falcon 20
87-0002 F-16D 142 Filo
88-0027 F-16C
88-0029 F-16C
88-0031 F-16C
88-0032 F-16C
MM81073 670 SCS AB.212
MM81161 21 Gr AB.212ICO
MM81375 21 Gr AB.212ICO
MM81399 EI-929 A.129CBT
MM81423 EI-938 A.129CBT
MM80832 EI-810 CH-47C