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post #1 of 13 Old 08-10-2005, 09:03 AM Thread Starter
 
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F-104S of the Italian Air Force



Note: Color. tail marking and '999' number 8)
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post #2 of 13 Old 08-11-2005, 04:27 AM
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Holy cow!!! What a beauty!
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can't see the pic
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post #4 of 13 Old 08-12-2005, 05:00 AM
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Me either

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post #6 of 13 Old 08-12-2005, 10:50 AM Thread Starter
 
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Hmm Its from Airliners.net, maybe they don't have remote linking

Maybe this image works:

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post #7 of 13 Old 08-12-2005, 03:13 PM
 
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Isn't that the plane that is normally positioned on the Fiorano test track?
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post #8 of 13 Old 08-12-2005, 06:58 PM Thread Starter
 
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I think that F-104 has the number '427', this one (999) was painted for the offical decommissioning of the F-104S 'Starfighter' from Italian Airforce
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What is so special about it? The prancing horse which is completely wrong? :-?
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post #10 of 13 Old 08-17-2005, 11:06 AM
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zwoemba,

That's where the prancing horse came from...Francesco Barraca. The mother of this great Italian fighter pilot told Enzo Ferrari to put the horse on his car and it would bring him good luck.
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post #11 of 13 Old 08-17-2005, 11:09 AM Thread Starter
 
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Yeah, it is a symbol the Italian Air Force used as a squadron marking for decades before Mr. Ferrari ever put it on his car



That above is a Macchi MC202, look closely on the white theater band behind the wings

It is also 'special' because it symbolizes a great aircraft Italy used for many years, updated to modern standards and ready to defend Italy from Soviet incursions during the Cold War. The red F-104 was painted red and given the number '999' as a tribute to the Ducati company that spent money organizing the airshow that celebrated the F-104s service with Italy, and the horse was a tribute to the many Italian pilots who flew with that badge and to the Ferrari company that also donated money to put on the airshow.
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post #12 of 13 Old 08-17-2005, 11:43 AM
 
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Oh, didn't knew that is was from Barraca

Intresting piece of history
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post #13 of 13 Old 08-21-2005, 06:13 AM
 
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http://aviation.macksphotography.com/F-104_Farewell/

Some more pics of the Last Starf in the Italian AF

GREAT plane. GREAT sound. GREAT looks. I absolutely love that plane. I'm trying to find a picture of a Starf with a very beautifull cat painted on one side of the plane. I had that one as a 1:32 model a few years back...
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