"Ducati" F-104S at Grazzanise.

"Ducati" F-104S at Grazzanise.

Postby MikeH on Thu 07 Nov 2013, 2:08 pm

Taken during the last year of Italian Starfighter operations:

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Re: "Ducati" F-104S at Grazzanise.

Postby Kip Casper on Thu 07 Nov 2013, 2:19 pm

What a stunning aircraft. Thanks.
http://www.gcse.com/english/there.htm - learn how to use 'their', 'there' and 'they're'.
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Re: "Ducati" F-104S at Grazzanise.

Postby FarnboroJohn on Sat 09 Nov 2013, 5:58 pm

Zonking colour scheme, but am I alone in thinking that something red and Italian with a prancing horse on it spells "Ferrari"?

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Postby JetA1 on Sat 09 Nov 2013, 6:13 pm

It was painted to celebrate Ducati's new 999 superbike.
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Re: "Ducati" F-104S at Grazzanise.

Postby MikeH on Sat 09 Nov 2013, 6:29 pm

The paint was supplied by Ducati. The prancing horse was Francesco Baraccas' (1st world war Italian fighter ace,) personal motif that was later adopted by Ferrari.

The CO mentioned that painting the radome made the radar unusable as operating it would result in microwaves reflecting internally and "fry his family jewels".
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Re: "Ducati" F-104S at Grazzanise.

Postby FarnboroJohn on Sat 09 Nov 2013, 10:43 pm

Fascinating. Thank you very much for the lessons!

From my days in the Tornado project office I remember that radomes had to be coloured during the manufacturing process, which tended to leave things like the TFR and the Skyshadow emitter radomes unable to match sudden changes of scheme like desert pink.

John
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Re: "Ducati" F-104S at Grazzanise.

Postby Koen L on Tue 12 Nov 2013, 11:27 am

Very nice Mike. Do you also have some normal grey examples from your visit to update this topic with?
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Re: "Ducati" F-104S at Grazzanise.

Postby Cimmerian on Tue 12 Nov 2013, 1:53 pm

Nice shots.
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Re: "Ducati" F-104S at Grazzanise.

Postby Maisie on Tue 12 Nov 2013, 3:11 pm

Looks like it should be taking part in Reno, not retiring!

Love all the photos but 1# & 4# stand out to me.
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