Tommy in Italy - Pic Heavy

Tommy in Italy - Pic Heavy

Postby Tommy on Fri 11 Nov 2016, 11:06 pm

Nyello chaps and chapesses,

Couple of months ago, Sam, Andy and I ventured on a pretty top trip to Italy for some aviation goodness, and some unprecedented hospitality and kindness given to us by the Italian armed forces.

Italy have recently become more relaxed with spotting and aviation enthusiasts in general, and allowing civilian photographers onto air-bases is a pretty new thing to them, so kudos to them for doing everything they could for us.

Splendid country, great company, good food, not so fun hangovers. Decent trip overall!

Anyway, enough prattling.

First up we visited the training base at Latina, not far from Rome, home of the SF-260, and beautiful scenery!

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ImageLatin Learner by Tom Jones, on Flickr

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ImageLatina Section by Tom Jones, on Flickr

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ImageWhen in Roma by Tom Jones, on Flickr

Next up, Gioia Del Colle, home of one of the AMI's QRA fleet of Typhoons - we were privileged to walk around a tooled-up QRA jet, of which no photos were allowed (and it was a special-tail, too!), but the experience was top nonetheless. Photographic opportunities didn't quite present themselves, really, but it was still an interesting place to visit. It was interesting to me, having read about the place so much when used by coalition forces in the air-campaign against Libya in 2011. Plus, we bagged a couple of live Harriers, and a German Tornado, weirdly.

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ImageHarry the King by Tom Jones, on Flickr

Couple of photos I've previously uploaded, at 1200px, so apologies for the inconsistencies:

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ImageGreen Screen by Tom Jones, on Flickr

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ImageTwoon by Tom Jones, on Flickr

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ImageAir Vacuoon by Tom Jones, on Flickr

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ImageTo The Stars by Tom Jones, on Flickr

Also at Gioia were two AW139s, replacing the AMIs much-loved Pelicans. I think the crews missed them a bit, but the kit on the new AWs was awesome, including a sensational FLIR system.

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ImageBottle-Nose by Tom Jones, on Flickr

10. This guy was a hero!
ImageJoya by Tom Jones, on Flickr


Then, on to Lecce, what a place - The guys couldn't have been more accommodating, and let us have a good ol' snoop around their brand new M346s. Indeed, I even blagged a play on their simulator, which was unbelievably realistic. Note the French pilot in the rear :ninja:

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ImageYes, Master by Tom Jones, on Flickr

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ImageNext Gen by Tom Jones, on Flickr

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ImageMaster of One by Tom Jones, on Flickr

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ImageTax-Max by Tom Jones, on Flickr

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ImageMacchi-Ts by Tom Jones, on Flickr

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ImageFly the Nest by Tom Jones, on Flickr

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ImageTwinStickPit by Tom Jones, on Flickr

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ImageCafe con Lecce by Tom Jones, on Flickr

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ImageIn It, not Bruges by Tom Jones, on Flickr

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ImageHotpit by Tom Jones, on Flickr

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ImageHigh-Alpha by Tom Jones, on Flickr

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ImageFair Weather Trainer by Tom Jones, on Flickr

Further, we spent a day at Grottagile, base of the Italian Navy's AV-8s, Bell 212s, and (unbeknownst to us), their brand new NH-90s:

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ImageMint Condition by Tom Jones, on Flickr

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ImageNavy Flatpack by Tom Jones, on Flickr

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ImageLair by Tom Jones, on Flickr

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ImageBell-Ringer by Tom Jones, on Flickr

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ImageWolf-Den by Tom Jones, on Flickr

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ImageVerti-Bird by Tom Jones, on Flickr

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ImageLobo by Tom Jones, on Flickr

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ImageDown to Earth by Tom Jones, on Flickr

Also present were the Guardia di Finanza, who loved the attention!

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ImageGuards! by Tom Jones, on Flickr

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ImageCommand and Control by Tom Jones, on Flickr

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ImageGuarding Treasure by Tom Jones, on Flickr

Finally, where to end but beautiful, beautiful Frosinone, and their cool NH-500s.

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ImageFrosi-Copter by Tom Jones, on Flickr

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ImageRoundel Runner by Tom Jones, on Flickr

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ImageLow Blow by Tom Jones, on Flickr

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ImageOn Point by Tom Jones, on Flickr

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ImageNext Level by Tom Jones, on Flickr

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Image-500 Not Out by Tom Jones, on Flickr

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ImageRome-Runners by Tom Jones, on Flickr

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ImageEggTrainer by Tom Jones, on Flickr


Still here?! :tumbleweed:

Well, there you have it anyhow. Wonderful place, excellent people, super food, far too much to drink (take it from me, Aperol = nope), great machines, top company. What's not to like?!

Anyway, thanks for looking, all. Hope they were of interest. As always, C&C on anything would be most appreciated.

Thanks,

Tom :smile:
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Tommy
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Re: Tommy in Italy - Pic Heavy

Postby qwerty on Sat 12 Nov 2016, 1:11 pm

For those who will never travel there these are the next best thing, great variety and angles.Thanks for taking the time to share them. In particular it is a good record for model makers looking to achieve the in service weathered look.
qwerty

Re: Tommy in Italy - Pic Heavy

Postby awacs on Sun 13 Nov 2016, 12:34 pm

Very nice report Tommy! Love it!

Cheers Reinier
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