Frecce Tricolori to celebrate 50 years in 2010
The Italian Air Force national display team Frecce Tricolori will celebrate 50 years this season.
Gary Parsons - 2-Jan-2010
January 2: On Monday December 21, the former commander of the Italian Air Force national display team Frecce Tricolori, Lieutenant Colonel Tammaro, presented the 2010 team ahead of its 50th season. Formed in 1961, the Pattuglia Acrobatic Nazionale (National Acrobatic Patrol) first flew F-86 Sabres, converting to the Fiat G91T in 1964, then to the Aermacchi MB339 in 1982.
The new team commander is Lieutenant Colonel Marco Lant, and the 2010 display team line-up is: ‘Pony’ 1 and team leader, Captain Jan Slangen; 2 Captain Mirco Caffelli; 3 Captain Fabio Martin; 4 Lieutenant Fabio Capodanno; 5 Lieutenant Piercarlo Ciacchi; 6 Lieutenant Marco Zoppitelli; 7 Captain Gaetano Farina; 8 Captain Stefano Centioni; 9 Lieutenant Filippo Barbero; 10 (solo) Major Simone Cavelli. Team manager is Captain Dario Paoli.
The team will finish its training on May 1, and has a schedule of 40 airshows for 2010 through to September 11/12, when it will host other aerobatic teams from around the world at a special airshow to be staged at its home base at Rivolto.
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