Airshow Dispatches S06E05: Italian Air Force Centenary Airshow

The Manifestazione Aerea del Centenario dell’Aeronautica Militare, held at Pratica di Mare air base, was truly an airshow for the ages. Aiming to tell the entire history of the Italian Air Force, the show exclusively featured current and former types operated by the air arm, with no foreign military contributions.

Historic highlights included a CA.3 and G.91 restored to flight especially for the occasion, and an F-104 Starfighter shipped over from the United States. Modern highlights included the Air Parade, featuring 87 aircraft of 24 distinct types, as well as solo displays by the Reparto Sperimentale Volo and the inimitable Frecce Tricolori.

00:02Italy Caproni CA.3, SPAD VII
00:03United Kingdom Spitfire Mk.Vc
00:04Austria P-38L Lightning
00:06United States The Horsemen (x2 P-51D Mustang, P-51B Mustang)
00:08Italy x3 FIAT G.46
00:10United Kingdom P-47D Thunderbolt
00:12Austria Douglas DC-6B
00:14France CT-133 Silver Star Mk.3
00:15France CL-13B Sabre Mk.6
00:17Italy Bomber formation (A-11B Ghibli, A-200 Tornado, FIAT G.91R)
00:22Italy France United States Fighter formation (CL-13B, TF-104G, F-2000A, F-35A)
00:25Italy Trainer formation (U-208A, T-260B, MB-326E, MB-326K, G.46, T-6, FT-339CD, T-346A)
00:28Italy Air Parade (various types)
00:43Italy RSV C-27J Spartan
00:46Italy RSV T-346A Master
00:49Italy RSV F-2000A Typhoon
00:51Italy Frecce Tricolori (x10 AT-339A-PAN)