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The Troupe Azzurra

“Troupe Azzurra” is the artistic name under which the team of photographers and video operators belonging to the CPA (Centro Produzione Audiovisivi) of the Aeronautica Militare (Italian Air Force,...

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F-104 profiles

Richard J. Caruana, an established aviation author and illustrator, sent me the following file f-104-layout_low containing an interesting series of F-104 profiles. The profiles were published on MODEL...

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More about F-104 patches

Giorgio Catellani, one of the greatest Italian Air Force heraldry expert, recently sent me a few images of patches belonging to Squadrons equipped with the F-104 or whose badge contained (or still...

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Italian F-104 versions explained

Following the requests I received from aircraft enthusiasts and modelers, I’ve decided to prepare a specific post to describe differences and peculiarities of the various F-104 versions that equipped...

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Display pilot

Some of the most rare and interesting patches are the Display Pilot / Display crew ones worn by the pilots of the RSV (Reparto Sperimentale Volo, Test Wing) of the Aeronautica Militare (Italian Air...

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F-104 profiles and artworks

Ugo Crisponi is a famous Italian illustrator who manages the AVIATIONGRAPHIC.COM, a guild of Aviation Artists & Illustrators offering more than 1.500 Squadron Prints, Lithographs, Illustrations and...

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Museo Piana delle Orme

Piana delle Orme, located near Borgo Faiti some 90 kilometers to the South of Rome, is a historical park where visitors can find a heterogeneous and interesting collection that includes aircraft,...

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"A special plane": air-to-air video of the special coloured F-104

Between 2003 and 2004, Piercarlo Ciacchi, a former F-104 pilot currently flying with the Frecce Tricolori display team, produced a series of videos he took flying with the Starfighter from Grazzanise,...

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1974 memories

Recently, Jean-Luc Beghin, a Belgian Aviation Illustrator (I suggest you to visit his site: http://www.jeanlucbeghin.com/), sent me the following pictures explaining that he was looking for the names...

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Italian Starfighters! Coming soon…..

Here’s a quick preview of the cover of my new book about the F-104 in the Italian Air Force. Five years from its last flight, an exceptional collection of the most rare and stunning images of 42 years...

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"Italian Starfighters": come acquistarlo

Quasi un milione di ore di volo complessive; 42 anni di servizio; 360 esemplari in forza a quindici gruppi di volo: sono questi i “numeri” dell’F-104, uno dei più famosi, amati e controversi velivoli...

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"Italian Starfighters": how to buy the ultimate F-104 book

Hardcover: 216 pages; Glossy Paper (gr. 170); Four-colour printing; Case bound cover 2 mm., with a glossy jacket (gr. 130): Italian Starfighters is a must-have book for the F-104 and aviation...

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The "F-104 return to flight" hoax

After reading some news dealing with the presumed imminent return to flight of an airworthy Italian F-104 (obviously hoaxes related to the April Fool’s Day), I decided to publish the following postcard...

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Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace, Le Bourget, Paris

Located mid way between downtown Paris and Charles De Gaulle-Roissy airport, the Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace Paris (Air and Space Museum), in the south eastern part of Le Bourget airport, is a must...

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Adm. Di Paola is the first military in active service to be named Italy's...

Former Italian Chief of the Defense Staff, Adm. Giampaolo Di Paola, has been named Italy’s new Defense Minister as part of a Cabinet named on Nov. 16 and led by Mario Monti, the former European...

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How the legendary Starfighter was used to train astronauts: the story of the...

The story of how the Starfighter was used to train future astronauts. Being the first operational aircraft able to reach and maintain a speed of more than Mach 2.0, the Lockheed F-104 was a huge leap...

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Adm. Di Paola is the first military in active service to be named Italy's...

Former Italian Chief of the Defense Staff, Adm. Giampaolo Di Paola, has been named Italy’s new Defense Minister as part of a Cabinet named on Nov. 16 and led by Mario Monti, the former European...

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How the legendary Starfighter was used to train astronauts: the story of the...

The story of how the Starfighter was used to train future astronauts. Being the first operational aircraft able to reach and maintain a speed of more than Mach 2.0, the Lockheed F-104 was a huge leap...

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Adm. Di Paola is the first military in active service to be named Italy's...

Former Italian Chief of the Defense Staff, Adm. Giampaolo Di Paola, has been named Italy’s new Defense Minister as part of a Cabinet named on Nov. 16 and led by Mario Monti, the former European [...]

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How the legendary Starfighter was used to train astronauts: the story of the...

The story of how the Starfighter was used to train future astronauts. Being the first operational aircraft able to reach and maintain a speed of more than Mach 2.0, the Lockheed F-104 was a huge [...]

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