During the farewell ceremony of the Italian Air Force 23rd Fighter Squadron, an F-16 has made an amazing low pass.

Italian Air Force F-16

April 2010 - Cervia Air Force Base, Italy - The Aeronautica Militare (Italian Air Force) held a ceremony in recent days to say goodbye to the glorious 23° Gruppo Caccia (23rd Fighter Squadron). With the end of the "Peace Caesar" program, the service decided to deactivate the unit. The Paece Caesar program has provided for the lease to Italy by the United States of 34 F-16 ADF fighter aircraft to bridge the operational gap between the decommissioning of the F-104 Starfighter and the entry into service of the new Eurofighter Typhoon.

Since 2003, the former US National Air Guard F-16s have ensured the defense of the Italian skies operating from the air bases of Cervia and Trapani (Sicily).

During the day the numerous supporters of the 23rd FS were able to enjoy the static display of the home aircraft including two F-16s with special celebratory livery. The highlight of the ceremony was the flying display of some F-16s, one of which, before landing, made a breathtaking low pass over the crowd. Watch the video below.

Written by Matteo Sanzani

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