Frecce Tricolori on the brakes 15062013
The first batch of five Aermacchi MB-339PANs of the Italian 313 aerobatic squadron Frecce Tricolori ("Tricoloured Arrows") slows down with the airbrake under the fuselage extended to catch up with the slower flying second batch of five aircraft during the Open Days of the Dutch air Force at Volkel airbase in The Netherlands (EHVK) on 15 June 2013. In all, 21 MB339s were built or converted to the MB-339PAN standard, with smoke generators instead of tip tanks.. PAN stands for Pattuglia Aerobatica Nazionale or "National Aerobatic Squadron". The data on the construction numbers of the Frecce Tricolori aircraft are quite a mess, so unfortunately I do not have them available. Nr. 1 (or Pony 1 in the language of the squadron) is flown by Capt. Mirco Caffelli, Nr. 3 by Capt. Filippo Berbero and nr. 4 by Capt. Mattia Bortoluzzi, whose names are written on the left side of the nose. The names of the pilots in nr. 11 and 12 are not stated, but they are probably either Capt. Gaetano Farina or Capt. Virgilio Gheser.
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