Italy’s airborne law enforcers

Force Report

Dino Marcellino investigates the air arm of Italy’s Guardia di Finanza – a militarised police force with almost 100 fixed- and rotary-wing assets in its ranks for a range of lawenforcement and rescue missions.

Guardia di Finanza


The Guardia di Finanza’s charismatic P.166DP1 MM62267 ‘GF-10’ leads an ATR 42-500MP in formation over the Tyrrhenian Sea with the Pontine Islands in the background. A dwindling spare parts supply means the Piaggio’s days in GdF service are numbered.

The Guardia di Finanza (GdF, Financial Guard) – also colloquially known as ‘Fiamme Gialle’, or ‘Yellow Flames’ – is an Italian law enforcement agency under the authority of the Ministry of Economy and Finance. It’s a police force with a military structure and is primarily responsible for dealing with financial crime and smuggling.

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