Combat Aircraft visited the Italian Air Force’s 4° Stormo to fly the Eurofighter Typhoon and discover its latest developments.
ITALIAN EUROFIGHTERS AND the three air force fighter wings that fly them are all about defending home soil. Based at Grosseto on the Italian west coast, the 4° Stormo of the Aeronautica Militare (AM, Italian Air Force) is a Eurofighter Typhoon operator alongside the 36° Stormo at Gioia del Colle and the 37° Stormo at Trapani. The 4° Stormo wing construct includes a pair of fighter squadrons. The operational element of this is IX Gruppo, while the wing’s 20° Gruppo is the AM’s operational conversion unit (OCU) for the type, training all flying personnel destined to operate the F-2000, as the Typhoon is locally known.