HERE IS A PHOTO-COLLECTION OF ITAF TORNADO SPECIAL COLOR TO CELEBRATE 311° GRUPPO VOLO

Today marks the 61 year anniversary of Aeronautica Militare 311° Gruppo Volo belonging to Reparto Sperimentale Volo - RSV. We celebrate this day with the best shots of the special painted RS-01 shared with us by many friends.

Italian Air Force personnel belonging to 311° Gruppo and Reparto Sperimentale Volo and Aldo Drudi in front of
Tornado RS-01 special color (Photo: Aeronautica Militare)

After a succesful 2017 airshow season, the Italian Air Force Tornado RS-01, serialled CSX 7041, is temporarily grounded for maintenance. No further occasions there will be to admire the red-black-white A-200 in the sky, but it will always be on display in this article.

The aircraft received the special livery about a year ago when Reparto Sperimentale Volo - RSV (Flight Test Unit) celebrated the 60th Anniversary of the 311st Flight Group. On that occasion the wonderful Tornado special color had its first public appearance and flying display.

The special livery of the aircraft was made by Drudi Performance, an Italian company specialized in racing design. The Team also painted helmets for several MotoGP riders including Valentino Rossi.

The livery is characterized by a stylized sparrow along the fuselage and wings, it represents the coat of arms of 311st FG. In addition, the Icarus included in the RSV heraldry covers the tail.

The aircraft last public appearance took place during the Misano MotoGP race with three gritty low-passes over the circuit, Sept. 10, 2017.

During the season the fighter jet has performed many demo displays around Europe creating excitement among aviation enthusiasts and media. It received the award for "Best Presented Aircraft" at the Cosford Air Show and for the "Best Paint Scheme" at the Royal International Air Tattoo - RIAT.

The 311st Flight Group belonging to Reparto Sperimentale Volo was born sixty-one year ago today, we pay tribute to the glorious Italian Air Force Squadron with a large image collection of the celebrative Tornado, one of the best special color combat aircraft to date.

Photo: Drudi Performance

Photo: Drudi Performance

Photo: Drudi Performance

Photo: Drudi Performance

Photo: Drudi Performance

Photo: Marco Morbioli - PSC Piti Spotter Club Verona

Photo: Marco Morbioli - PSC Piti Spotter Club Verona

Photo: Marco Morbioli - PSC Piti Spotter Club Verona

Photo: Marco Morbioli - PSC Piti Spotter Club Verona

Photo: Marco Morbioli - PSC Piti Spotter Club Verona

Photo: Marco Morbioli - PSC Piti Spotter Club Verona

Photo: Marco Morbioli - PSC Piti Spotter Club Verona

Photo: Marco Morbioli - PSC Piti Spotter Club Verona

Photo: Marco Morbioli - PSC Piti Spotter Club Verona

Photo: Arne Lemaire - Spotting group Kleine-Brogel

Photo: Arne Lemaire - Spotting group Kleine-Brogel

Photo: Arne Lemaire - Spotting group Kleine-Brogel

Photo: Arne Lemaire - Spotting group Kleine-Brogel

Photo: Arne Lemaire - Spotting group Kleine-Brogel

Photo: Kris Christiaens - www.kc-photography.be

Photo: Kris Christiaens - www.kc-photography.be

Photo: Dominik Spodniak - Dominik Sp. Aviation Photography

Photo: George Karavantos

Photo: George Karavantos

Photo: "Bee Jay"






Photo: Drudi Performance

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Thanks to Drudi Performance and all friends who have collaborated with us to pay tribute to the 311° Gruppo and the wonderful Tornado.

Written by Matteo Sanzani


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