Combat Aircraft visits Pratica di Mare, home of the 14° Stormo and its Boeing KC-767A tankers — the Italian Air Force’s force multipliers

A fine study of AM KC-767A serial MM62228, the third of the four aircraft delivered and assigned to the 8° Gruppo. Francesco Militello Mirto

THE KC-767A IS able to receive and offoad fuel in fiight and can quickly project assets, personnel and equipment over great distances. For us it’s a fundamental resource in our military campaigns and the backbone of Italian air power’. So says Col Antonio Caruso, the commander of the 14° Stormo at Pratica di Mare air base, near Rome. Caruso speaks from experience: with more than 3,400 flight hours under his belt and operational experience in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as qualifications on 10 different types from the C-130J to the E-3A Sentry, he’s well placed to comment.

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