Volafenice flying museum, Reggio Emilia, Italy

Volafenice flying museum, Reggio Emilia, Italy

Postby Dysko on Mon 05 Jun 2017, 7:19 pm

Reggio Emilia airport, in Italy, hosts the only flying museum in the country with historical jet airplanes: Volafenice, founded by enterpreneur Renzo Catellani.

A short premise: for most of you, seeing airworthy historical jets is quite normal. However, in Italy general aviation is considered an expensive toy for rich guys, and is generally frowned upon by both the people and the authorities. Airshows are seen as a useless waste of money, and even the Frecce Tricolori, despite being very popular abroad, are appreciated by only a small portion of the populace.

That's why, when it was announced that an historical jet would have been returned to airworthiness by a private organization, the announcement was met with skepticism.

Luckily, we were proven wrong when this beautiful Aermacchi MB.326E trainer returned to the air few years ago.
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The group owns another airworthy jet, an Hunting Jet Provost T.3A.
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Currently they are restoring an Aermacchi MB.326K, single seat attack version of the MB.326 for the export market. As far as I know, only 2 aircraft entered service with the Italian Air Force, both serving with the Reparto Sperimentale Volo (Flight Test Wing) instead of operational wings.
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They are currently rebuilding also a Piaggio P.148 trainer...
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...and a Saiman 202, general aviation airplane built before WW2. During the visit only few ribs were visible.

In the "on hold" hangar there were another Piaggio P.148...
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...and a Fiat G.91R light attack plane.
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The group owns also a CAP 10 aerobatic plane...
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... and a Cessna L-19 Bird Dog liaison plane which flew with the Italian Army:
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Re: Volafenice flying museum, Reggio Emilia, Italy

Postby Wes_Howes on Tue 06 Jun 2017, 2:36 pm

Interesting stuff Giorgio :clap: Would love to see more pics of the MB.326K if you have any?

Are the group planning to restore all the airframes to flight? Especially the G.91R? :heyhey:
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Re: Volafenice flying museum, Reggio Emilia, Italy

Postby Dysko on Tue 06 Jun 2017, 6:14 pm

Wes_Howes wrote:Would love to see more pics of the MB.326K if you have any?

No, sorry, it was in a "crowded" hangar and it was quite difficult to get a "clean" angle :sad:

Wes_Howes wrote:Are the group planning to restore all the airframes to flight? Especially the G.91R? :heyhey:

The 326K will hopefully join the airshow circuit in few years! The group hopes to get the G.91 flying too, but they are encountering a number of tecnical and bureaucratic difficulties (e.g. how to train civilian pilots to fly it).
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Re: Volafenice flying museum, Reggio Emilia, Italy

Postby Wes_Howes on Wed 07 Jun 2017, 7:26 am

No problem, thank you for responding :smile: I hope they can get the G.91 back in the air as I've never seen one fly :up:
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Re: Volafenice flying museum, Reggio Emilia, Italy

Postby Stagger2 on Thu 08 Jun 2017, 4:45 pm

Dysko wrote:
Wes_Howes wrote:Would love to see more pics of the MB.326K if you have any?

No, sorry, it was in a "crowded" hangar and it was quite difficult to get a "clean" angle :sad:

Wes_Howes wrote:Are the group planning to restore all the airframes to flight? Especially the G.91R? :heyhey:

The 326K will hopefully join the airshow circuit in few years! The group hopes to get the G.91 flying too, but they are encountering a number of tecnical and bureaucratic difficulties (e.g. how to train civilian pilots to fly it).

Don't worry about pilots, we have many here in the UK with plenty of time to fly-it for you ...or train some local candidates? :whistle:
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Re: Volafenice flying museum, Reggio Emilia, Italy

Postby Wissam24 on Thu 08 Jun 2017, 5:33 pm

Quality posts, great to see some stuff can still go on in Italy despite the scepticism. Nice photos too.
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