Rivolto LIPI 17-18/09 Frecce Tricolori 60th Anniversary

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Rivolto LIPI 17-18/09 Frecce Tricolori 60th Anniversary

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After a 1-year delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Frecce Tricolori display team celebrated its 60th anniversary with an airshow in their home base in Rivolto on 18th and 19th September (with a spotter day on 17th September).

The pandemic situation prevented a restriction-free airshow, so access was limited to only few thousands people, all seated according to social distancing guidelines.

Traditionally, the airshow is opened by the flag pass, carried by a 15° Stormo AgustaWestland HH-139A
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The first displays were performed by foreign display teams. Unfortunately, the Red Arrows, the Belgian Red Devils and the Croatian Krila Oluje - Wings of Storm cancelled their participation.

Polish display team Orlik Team
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Finnish display team Midnight Hawks
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Spanish display team Patrulla Aguila
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Patrouille Suisse
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The "Italian" part of the show begins with Legend Formation, a dissimilar formation with most of the trainers flown by the Italian Air Force after World War 2.
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Leading the formation, a 60° Stormo SIAI-Marchetti S.208M wearing a special tail to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Arturo Ferrarin's Rome-Tokyo raid.
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Follwing it, a privately owned North American T-6G Texan (photo taken at Historical Aircraft Group FlyParty 2015)...
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...a privately-owned Fiat G.46 (photo taken at Historical Aircraft Group FlyParty 2016)...
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...a privately-owned SIAI-Marchetti SF.260AM (photo taken at Historical Aircraft Group FlyParty 2012)...
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...Aermacchi MB.326E and MB.326K flown by private museum Volafenice...
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The recently restored MB.326K is a rare single-seat attack version of the MB.326 trainer.
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...a 61° Stormo Aermacchi T-346A...
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...a 61° Stormo Aermacchi MB.339CD, the "current version" with digital cockpit and in-flight refueling capability...
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...and finally a 61° Stormo Aermacchi MB.339A, the "old version" with analog cockpit and no in-flight refueling capability (version similar to the one flown by Frecce Tricolori, the only difference is the smoke system).
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Missing from the Legend Formation flown in 2015 was this beautiful Fiat G.59, whose pilot unfortunately flew west in 2020 (photo taken at AeroParma Airshow 2013).
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Scramble for 2 51° Stormo Eurofighter Typhoon, which simulated a Slow Mover Interception against a HH-139A helicopter.
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A 31° Stormo Airbus VC-319A lands in Rivolto carrying Italian President Sergio Mattarella on board.
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The Reparto Sperimentale Volo carries on the show, starting with the Alenia C-27J Spartan.
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Aermacchi T-346A
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Eurofighter Typhoon
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The tactical demo begins, unfortunately mainly backlit. The Fucilieri dell'Aria special forces simulated a Combat SAR mission with the support of many assets.

14° Stormo Boeing KC-767A tanker
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A 32° Stormo Lockheed F-35B Lightning II neutralizes a SAM position.
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9° Stormo AgustaWestland HH-101A CAESAR helicopters
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After the demonstration, the Lockheed F-35B Lightning II hovered in front of the crowd.
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Final formation with all the fixed-wing assets that took part in the tactical demonstration:
Boeing KC-767A
Eurofighter Typhoon (simulated refueling)
Aermacchi AMX (simulated refueling)
Panavia Tornado IDS
Lockheed F-35B Lightning II
Gulfstream G550 CAEW (Conformal Airborne Early Warning)
Lockheed C-130J Hercules
Alenia C-27J Spartan
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And finally the Frecce Tricolori display!
Lieutenant Colonel Gaetano Farina, Pony 0 (Commander of the display team) watches the team taking off. In the background, his own plane, which has the tail repainted with the event logo.
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All the aircraft of the team received a special tail painted with the liveries of the Italian Air Force display team which flew before them. The liveries were created by livery designer Mirco Pecorari of Aircraft Studio Design.
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The display teams are:
4° Stormo's Cavallino Rampante ("Prancing Horse"), flying from 1950 to 1952 with the de Havilland DH.100 Vampire and from 1956 to 1957 with the North American F-86E Sabre
5° Stormo's Getti Tonanti (literal translation of Thunderjets), flying from 1953 to 1955 with the Republic F-84G Thunderjet and from 1959 to 1960 with the Republic F-84F Thunderstreak
51° Stormo's Tigri Bianche ("White Tigers"), flying from 1953 to 1956 with the Republic F-84G Thunderjet
6° Stormo's Diavoli Rossi ("Red Devils"), flying from 1957 to 1959 with the Republic F-84F Thunderstreak
2° Stormo's Lanceri Neri ("Black Lancers"), flying from 1957 to 1959 with the Canadair Sabre Mk.4
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The return to the parking closes the airshow.
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Just a quick off-topic: for the anniversary, Horacio Pagani made a special version of the Huayra, named Pagani Huayra Tricolore. Just 3 units were built, dedicated to Pony 0 (the team commander), Pony 1 (the formation lead plane) and Pony 10 (the solo).
It can be yours for just 6'000'000 €.
I bought one to go to work.
I bought another one to go to the bar.
I wanted to buy the third one to go to the supermarket, but I cannot fit shopping bags in it.
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It made a run along the taxiway, and then a full speed run along the runway. I have to say I though its engine was much louder, while it actually was very quiet.
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Let me end the post with the static display.
Gulfstream G550 CAEW (unfortunately it was cloudy in the morning, and backlit in the evening)
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Eurofighter Typhoon
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General Atomics MQ-1C Predator mock-up
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Panavia Tornado ECR
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Aermacchi AMX
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Aermacchi T-346A
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Aermacchi MB.339CD
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SIAI-Marchetti SF.260EA
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AgustaWestland HH-139B
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Breda-Nardi NH-500E
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AgustaWestland HH-101A CAESAR
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Lockheed F-35A Lightning II
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Re: Rivolto LIPI 17-18/09 Frecce Tricolori 60th Anniversary

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Nice report, great pics. Thanks for posting ...
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Feels like I was actually there. Very nice. Thanks man!!!
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Re: Rivolto LIPI 17-18/09 Frecce Tricolori 60th Anniversary

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Benissimo! :respect: :yourock:
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Re: Rivolto LIPI 17-18/09 Frecce Tricolori 60th Anniversary

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Great report, great pictures!
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Thanks for walking us through the event with picture, very nice show & weather. Good things are starting up again!
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Awesome set !! thannks for sharing...
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