MILAVIA > Aviation News Last updated: 29 March 2010
MILAVIA Military Aviation News - MILAVIA Military Aviation News

Italian Air Force 4° Stormo Eurofighters Reach 10,000 Flight Hours

01 Oct 2009

On Tuesday 29 September 2009, the Italian Air Force 4° Stormo celebrated reaching the historical milestone of 10,000 flight hours with the Eurofighter Typhoon. Based in Grosseto, in central Italy, the 4° Stormo was the first Italian Air Force wing to receive the Typhoon in 2004.

The ceremony was attended by the Air Force Commander-in-Chief, Air Force General Daniele Tei, among other senior officers. Colonel Achille Cazzaniga, commander of the 4° Stormo, attributed the achievement to the “synergy of all men and women of the Stormo". Human resources is the key to ensuring the effectiveness of the air weapon, even in times of reduced funding of the Armed Forces.

After his flight in one of the unit's two-seater Typhoons, General Tei expressed his thanks to all 4° Stormo staff “for what you did, what you are doing and what you do for the future” and the representatives of Alenia and Finmeccanica “for the general logistical support provided to achieve this important outcome”.

To commemorate the milestone, one of the aircraft (single-seater M.M.7299) from the wing was given special markings on its fin, including 'Diecimila ore' titles and the names of the wing's men and women. Another Typhoon was on display together with its arsenal of air-to-air weapons, signifying the air defense role of the aircraft in Italian service.

The 4° Stormo operates with two Squadrons. 20 Gruppo is the Operational Conversion Unit for the pilots’ transition to the Eurofighter Typhoon, and 9 Gruppo is the first operational squadron. In addition to the OCU and operational task of securing national airspace, the Stormo obtained NATO’s certification to accomplish out-of-area missions in support of peace within the NATO Response Force on June 21, 2009.




2019

7 January 2019 | IHS Jane's

Serbia resumes G-4 Super Galeb upgrade

Serbian Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin told media on 29 December that work has resumed on the upgrade of the Soko G-4 Super Galeb single-engine advanced training and light attack aircraft. No further details were provided. In March 2018 the Serbian Ministry of Defence (MoD) presented the G-4

Read Full Article @ IHS Jane's 

3 January 2019 | Flight Global

Modernised Tu-22M3M makes flight debut

Russia's first modernised Tupolev Tu-22M3M strategic bomber got airborne for the first time on 28 December 2018, completing a 37min sortie from the Kazan Aviation Plant.

Read Full Article @ Flight Global 

3 January 2019 | Boeing

Boeing to Modernize Entire Spanish Chinook Helicopter Fleet

Will remanufacture 17 CH-47D Chinooks to the CH-47F configuration for Spain’s Army

Read Full Article @ Boeing 

2018

21 December 2018 | Flight Global

Leonardo flies first production-standard M-345

Leonardo has flown the production-standard version of its M-345 jet trainer, as it works towards service entry with the Italian air force in 2020.

Read Full Article @ Flight Global 

18 December 2018 | Flight Global

​Tokyo set to become second biggest F-35 operator

The Japanese cabinet has approved a plan to add an additional 105 Lockheed Martin F-35s to its planned fleet of 42 examples, potentially making it the world s second largest F-35 operator.

Read Full Article @ Flight Global 

16 December 2018 | Flight Global

​VIDEO: JF-17 breaks cover at Myanmar air force party

The Chengdu/Pakistan Aeronautical Complex JF-17 Thunder has appeared at a celebration to mark the 71st anniversary of Myanmar s air force.

Read Full Article @ Flight Global 

9 December 2018 | RAF

Royal Air Force Typhoons launch with new Meteor missile

RAF Typhoons launched from RAF Lossiemouth this morning for the first time with the Meteor Air-to-Air missile in defence of UK airspace during a Quick Reaction Alert mission.

Read Full Article @ RAF 

22 November 2018 | Airbus Helicopters

Serbia receives first out of nine H145Ms

The Serbian Minister of Defence Aleksandar Vulin visited the Airbus Helicopters Donauwörth site to accept the first H145M for the Serbian Air Force.

Read Full Article @ Airbus Helicopters 

19 November 2018 | IHS Jane's

F-35B first-of-class flight tests from Queen Elizabeth complete

F-35B Lightning first-of-class flight trials (fixed wing) (FOCFT[FW]) from the UK Royal Navy (RN) aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth have concluded after completion of a second phase of development testing (DT-2) off the US Eastern Seaboard. Wrapping up on 18 November, a day ahead of schedule,

Read Full Article @ IHS Jane's 

19 November 2018 | ACC

F-35A combat power exercise conducted at Hill AFB

The active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Air Force Reserve 419th Fighter Wing conducted a combat power exercise Nov. 19, launching dozens of F-35A Lightning IIs within a condensed period of time.

Read Full Article @ ACC