Italian Air Force 100th Anniversary Airshow 2023

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The G.91 looks absolutely fantastic. They flew it this morning with a Tornado and the special scheme AMX. If anything I prefer that scheme to the camou. A great day so far, I just hope I can survive the next couple of days without wilting in the heat

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There are some picture of today's show on the Aeronautica Militare FB page

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Great first day ..

The sun was severe but thankfully a breeze to help.

Flying was good although I did feel that the actual demos were limited it was a shame not to see the Tonka put through its paces by the RSV but there you go the formation is a very good day have to admit I’m thinking about possibly doing the museum tomorrow as it’s supposed of opened as of today and then going back in Sunday or outside somewhere?

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The ItAF did a great job of celebrating their centenary.

I take back my opinion of not liking the G.91 in Frecce scheme, it looks great although was missing some paint port and starboard after landing so needs a tickle before RIAT.

They flew most of their assets and made a lot of effort with historic types, lots of special tails on show and especially nice to see on the F-104 whose howl and smoke brought back many happy memories.

The light was poor PM and heat was brutal but overall a really good show. As the big set piece formations were backlit it was actually quite nice to just sit back and watch.

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The show is being live streamed on Facebook by the AMI today.


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… and the AM’s YouTube channel which I’m watching right now from Australia.

The weather looks perfect, the ‘planes on display (static and flying) are amazing and everything seems to be running smoothly.
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…and the Starfighter’s busted 😢

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Is there any chance it could fly on Sunday? Debating whether to try again on Sunday too

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It did do an engine test around noon

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Fingers crossed!

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GeorgeP wrote:
Sat 17 Jun 2023, 8:04 am
… and the AM’s YouTube channel which I’m watching right now from Australia.

The weather looks perfect, the ‘planes on display (static and flying) are amazing and everything seems to be running smoothly.
It seems they want to show anything but the displays at some points on the live stream. Quite frustrating.
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Mike wrote:
Sat 17 Jun 2023, 9:45 am
…and the Starfighter’s busted 😢
Gosh that’s a shame. Did it fly at all today?

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Nope, sadly not - getting out the show was the most chaotic event I think I've witnessed, no order whatsoever! Nobody knew where to get back on the shuttle buses, even the staff

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Re the F-104 I was in front of it when it returned on Friday and they quickly dropped a panel in the belly and placed a container underneath to catch leaking fluid.

Good luck for anyone going today, I really hope you get to see it fly. I’m having a day off!

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Yesterday was certainly a mixed bag for me.

From a critical enthusiast's perspective, the display seemed quite disconnected in places with some long pauses and a distinct lack of solo demonstrations. I thought the lunch break was wholly unnecessary though did allow some subjects to be photographed in the superior morning light.

The static park was quite sparse though the flight line was excellent, as was the 100 celebration area.

I'm also really not a fan of those big screen/obnoxiously loud speaker set ups that they seem to like in Europe.

When I think about it though, the show wasn't really for us, it was a FREE show for the Italian public, and for friends, family and active members of the Italian Air Force. In this context it was a superb day.

Of note I thought that the Red Bull DC-6 and P-38, despite looking like airborne cans of energy drink, flew really enjoyable routines.

The flypasts were executed brilliantly, with some real gems in there.

I spent most of the morning in a post broken Starfighter haze of disappointment, so didn't appreciate the G-91, AMX, Tornados, etc as I really should have. When I look back through the photos I'm sure it will be put in perspective.

Overall, despite the lack of Starfighter, I'm still glad that I made the trip.

I hope it flies for you today! For me, the search to see a Starfighter fly continues. Even if I could attend today, I'm not sure I could handle the dust, heat, and another vehicular melee on exit. I was just relieved to get the hire car out in one piece!

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G-CVIX wrote:
Sun 18 Jun 2023, 6:40 am
I thought the lunch break was wholly unnecessary…
This is Italy. A 2-hour lunch break is not only necessary, but compulsory!

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Mike wrote:
Sun 18 Jun 2023, 7:35 am
G-CVIX wrote:
Sun 18 Jun 2023, 6:40 am
I thought the lunch break was wholly unnecessary…
This is Italy. A 2-hour lunch break is not only necessary, but compulsory!
+1. …and I’d add: ‘a minimum of two hours’. After all, isn’t lunch the most important meal of the day? But that would be my Greek DNA speaking. 😉😀

For those who are still at the event, I’m crossing everything for the-104 to fly for you. The weather looks great again today. What a weekend you’ve experienced!
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Attended the show today with some serious challenges.

The heath was killing but expected.

Luckily the 104 flew today. Wonderfull!!

As FlankerE said: it was the most dramatic and chaotic entry and exit to and from the show. I counted 1 sign (a4 paper with hand writing 'airshow' on a barrier). No other markings or signs. By far the most dramatic traffic organisation I experienced until now and that is quite and achievement :grimacing:

Because of the high risk being stuck in traffic for again 3+ hours on the way out, we desided to leave early.

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When I think about it, though, the show wasn't really for us; it was a free show for the Italian public and for friends, family, and active members of the Italian Air Force. In this context, it was a superb day.
I agree with this.
Just people who don't know Italian mentality can be surprised by this show.
This wasn't an airshow for the public (just remember the geo-fancing web page and registration) this was an SHOW for Italians, and that explains everything.
They really don't care for anyone except themselves.
Don't misunderstand me - I don't think of it in a bad way. It's just as it is.
Italians. :)
One more thing - they really don't give a f*ck what foreign visitors think about organizations and everything. They will do things in the same way next time.

And Starfighter... Disaster. 1 out of 4 flights done.
But that's not the organization's problem.
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We really enjoyed the Italian hospitality. And expected traffic chaos.
We decided to walk from our hotel to the airbase (4 kilometers), but after 5 minutes we were picked up by RSV pilots.
After the show we walked back, and that was a clever choice.
The static was a bit thin (understatement), but well, they had about every type in their inventory on show. Maybe the static area was just too big.
The “100” village was nice, from the air the symbolism was visible, the village was made in the “100” design of the airshow. Most WW2 planes there were probably just real-size models, but it looked nice.

All in all, a very enjoyable day, and one to remember.

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Sall wrote:
Mon 19 Jun 2023, 7:40 pm
And Starfighter... Disaster. 1 out of 4 flights done.
But that's not the organization's problem.
Was it actually meant to fly twice on each public day? There were some rumours it was flying solo late afternoon, but couldn’t work out whether it was just Chinese whispers or the aircraft had gone tech again.

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I don’t recall any mention of the F-104 flying PM in the programme on the official website. They did well to get it flying again on Sunday.

I’ve just landed at Stansted. Bloody English weather!!

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The plan was to have 2 flights on Sunday. First one before noon and second in 15:45 with live on RAI 1.
I'm not 100% sure about Saturday, but I think there was the same plan for 2 flights.

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Is the Starfighter going to be packed away back into a herc and flown home now?
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Virtually everything now going to RIAT now 👍

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