With 44 years of service, the Breguet Atlantic was until recently the only long-range maritime patrol aircraft in Italian Air Force service. Combat Aircraft paid a visit to the 41° Stormo at Sigonella to report on the last year of Atlantic operations as the type’s P-72A successor waits in the wings.

SIGONELLA AIR BASE in Sicily is known as ‘the hub of the Med’ due to its close proximity to the center of the Mediterranean Sea. With Mount Etna dominating the horizon, it is from here that the Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare)’s 41° Stormo operates four Breguet P-1150A Atlantics with the 88° Gruppo A/S (88th Anti-Submarine Squadron).

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