Our final #BrayAirDisplay aircraft profile is the spectacular Frecce Tricolori from Italy in their Aermacchi MB-339 PAN aircraft.
The Frecce Tricolori (Tricolour Arrows) are officially known as the 313° Gruppo Addestramento Acrobatico and are the aerobatic demo team of the Aeronautica Militare (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 Air Force team, replacing unofficial teams that had been sponsored by various commands by the end of the 1920s. In 2000 they reached 50,000 flying hours on the Aermacchi MB-339.
In 2005 they won the award for best exhibition at the Royal International Air Tattoo at Fairford, England. They were the first non-Russian unit to receive the Russian Silver Medal for Aeronautical Meri. On 8 September 2007 the Frecce Tricolori took part at the funeral of Luciano Pavarotti in Modena and honoured him with a fly-past leaving green-white-red smoke trails.
In September 2013 it was announced that the team will stop using MB-339’s for the 2017 seasononwards and instead will use Aermacchi M-345 HET trainers, which will replace the MB-339 in the Italian air force. So this will be the last year they display in the aircraft.
The Aermacchi MB-339 is an Italian military trainer and light attack aircraft. It was developed as a replacement for the earlier MB-326 and took its first flight in 1976 before being rolled out for active service in 1979.
The MB-339 is of conventional configuration and all-metal construction, and shares much of the 326’s airframe. It has a low, un-swept wing with tip tanks and jet intakes in the roots, tricycle undercarriage, and accommodation for the student and instructor in tandem
It is still in production in an enhanced version with a much-modernised cockpit. Over 200 MB-339s have been built, with roughly half of them going to the Italian Air Force.
We hope you have enjoyed our #BrayAirDisplay aircraft profiles over the last two weeks. Enjoy the 2 day show to all who are going to Bray, we will be there and it promises to be a very exicting display with a fantastic variety of aircraft making Bray 2016 the best Bray airshow yet!!
Info from Wikipedia, photo also from wikipedia