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60 Years of Italian Flair Celebrated

2021 marks 60 years of the Italian Air Force's Frecce Tricolori, officially known as the 313° Gruppo Addestramento Acrobatico, Pattuglia Acrobatica Nazionale (PAN) Frecce Tricolori ("313th Acrobatic Training Group, National Aerobatic Team (PAN) Frecce Tricolori"). The team were formed on the 1st March 1961 at Rivoloto Air Force Base, initially with 5 aircraft, however they are now the largest team flying with 10 aircraft in their display.

Like many other national teams, the Frecce were to become the sole national formation team, taking on the task of representing their nation at home and abroad as a full time role, from several other squadron based teams. As part of their 60th Anniversary celebrations, their aircraft have taken on new tail designs, with a nod to the past of the teams that went before them.

In a Tweet released by designer Mirco Pecorari (@McPecos) he released 3 images with the words: Proud to be the designer of the Frecce Tricolori’s new scheme for their 60th anniversary

The new tail art captures the designs and symbols of the Frecce's predecessor team's, in a nice reflection to their history and lineage. The tails are painted in the colours of the following teams:

  • Cavallini Rampanti

  • Getti Tonanti

  • Tigri Bianche

  • Diavolo Rossi

  • Lanceri Neri

A preliminary calendar of Italian events supported by the Frecce Tricolori has been released on their website, but they have also been announced for the Slovak International Air Fest at Malacky on 4 &5 September.

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