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Italian Air Force (The Great Blue Team)

2 June - Italian Republic Day


The Frecce Tricolori ("Three-coloured Arrows"), officially known as the 313° Gruppo Addestramento Acrobatico, is the aerobatic demonstration team of the Italian Air Force, based at Rivolto Air Force Base, in the north-eastern Italian region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, province of Udine. They were formed in 1961 as an all Air Force team, replacing a number of unofficial teams that had been sponsored by various commands by the end of 1920

The team flies 9 aircraft and a solo (the highest number of aircraft of any aerobatic team in the world); the team flies the Aermacchi MB-339-A/PAN, a two-seat fighter-trainer craft capable of 898 km/h at sea level.

Their official name is:

313. Gruppo Addestramento Acrobatico;

Pattuglia Acrobatica Nazionale (PAN) Frecce Tricolori.

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Taken on October 9, 2007