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51° Stormo steps up for Italian QRA duties

The Aeronautica Militare (Italian Air Force) has officially added 51° Stormo (51st Wing) as one of its Eurofighter units responsible for conducting national quick reaction alert (QRA) operations.

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Trapani Typhoons

AFM was invited to visit the Italian Air Force’s important base of Trapani-Birgi, which occupies a remote strategic position covering Europe’s southern flank. Peter ten Berg reports from Sicily.

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'Red Devils' at Ghedi

An all-weather-capable fighter-bomber and reconnaissance aircraft, the two-seat Tornado was introduced by the Italian Air Force in the early 1980s. Today, the survivors have been upgraded and fly with a single wing – the 6° Stormo at Ghedi – as Mauro Zanotti explains.

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Italy’s transport specialists

The Italian Air Force’s 31° Stormo fulfils a niche transport role...

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AMX in Afghanistan

The Italian Air Force’s Task Group Black Cats were among the unsung heroes of the operation over Afghanistan

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Operation Northern Lightning: Italian F-35s in Iceland

In September, Italian Air Force F-35As flew to Iceland...

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Operation Northern Lightning

In a first among Joi nt Strike Fighter partner nations, Italy deployed its F-35As to Iceland in October in support of NATO’s Icelandic air policing mission.

First T-345A for Italian Air Force

THE FIRST M-345 for the Aeronautica Militare (Italian Air Force) made its maiden flight from Venegono, home of the Leonardo Aircraft factory, on August 13.

First Typhoon for 51° Stormo

AMONG THE static display items at Istrana on September 13 was Aeronautica Militare F-2000A MM7316 ‘51-01’ – the first in the markings of the resident 51° Stormo.

Italian AMX hits 30

THE AERONAUTICA Militare (Italian Air Force) celebrated two important milestones – 30 years of the AMX A-11 in Italian service and the 80th anniversary of the 51° Stormo – during an event at Istrana air base in the northeast of the country on September 13.