Italian Air Force Starfighter receives special Ferrari livery

Italian Starfighter Ferrari livery
Italian Air Force Starfighter receives special Ferrari livery.

A few days ago we published a picture of the Ferrari F-104 to wish Happy New Year to all our readers. Following the great appreciation for the aircraft, we provide more details about the special Starfighter.

On December 18, 2013, the Italian Air Force (ItAF) celebrated the 90th Anniversary of the handover of the Prancing Horse logo between the WWI flying Ace Francesco Baracca and the founder of the Italian luxury car manufacturer Enzo Ferrari . During the event, organized at the Grazzanise Air Base, the ItAF unveiled an F-104 Starfighter (9-90) in a special Ferrari livery.

The aircraft was painted by the personnel of the 9th Wing together with a Team sent by Ferrari. The famous car maker provided the paint to make sure the color was identical to that of its cars. The experienced Ferrari coloring Engineers have teamed up with the technicians of the 9th Wing to study a special working technique to adapt the painting method of the automotive to the aerospace one.

The event was chaired by civil and military authorities and by Lawyer Giovanni Baracca who is a direct descendant of Francesco Baracca.

The Ferrari F-104 aircraft had already been withdrawn from service when it was shown and was subsequently delivered to the 9th Wing as a gate guardian.

Written by Matteo Sanzani
Image: Italian Air Force

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