Frecce Tricolori

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Military aerobatics as a group began in Campoformido, home of the 1st Wing, by the end of the 1920s. Chief Commander, Col. Rino Corso Fougier, was the pioneer in aerobatic group flying in Italy. He persuaded the General Staff of the former Royal Air Force that a perfect military pilot could fly most efficiently in combat only if mastering his aircraft and knowing deeply all its features, reacting with sensitivity and full control at all times in any attitude of flight.
Since then, many Fighter Wings have given birth to training or demonstration teams for the most important shows in Italy and abroad. The Italian Air Force General Staff decided to give different Fighter Wings in turn the task to form an aerobatic team: many of us still recall names like “Cavallino Rampante” (Rampant Horse), “Getti Tonanti” (Thunder Jets), “Diavoli Rossi” (Red Devils), and “Lanceri Neri” (Black Lancers), names that have become a legend.
Each of these teams was made up of different aeroplanes because it had to use the aircraft its squadron was equipped with. In 1961 the Air Force General Staff decided to form a single aerobatic team with the best men
available. The 313th Aerobatic Training Squadron “Frecce Tricolori” (three-coloured arrows) was established in Rivolto, in the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region, under the experienced leadership of Major Mario Squarcina.
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