In full markings of the Reparto Volo della Seconda Regione Aerea (Second Aerial Region Flight Department) at Guidonia and in service there into the 1970s. The RR code stood for the Regione Roma. Restoration to this beautiful state took a full year.
In 1950, Macchi procured a construction license for the Fokker S.11. Meant as a basic trainer for the AMI, it was soon surpassed by higher performance aircraft. Most went on to aero clubs, this is the former I-AELY of Aeroclub Firenze. Type written as Ma.416 on the tail.
Fascinating piece of aerospace engineering powered by a motorjet, called thermojet by Campini. A piston engine drives a compressor in a ducted fan-setup (two stages displayed on a stand below the aircraft) and the airflow passes an afterburner, generating extra thrust. Flew as early as 1940 but fell short in performance. Sole surviving complete airframe of two built, the other fuselage is in Milan.
Night fighter version with radar nose and a crew of two that served with the Scuola Caccia Ogni Tempo (All-Weather Fighter School) at Amendola. Preserved in Torino since 1972 and taken on by the Museo Storico after the other museum was closed. Built under license by Aer Macchi as referenced on the tail, with additionally 'REV. 27-8-958' below the factory name.
Former ZE836 of the RAF, leased to Italy as one of 24 Tornado ADV's for ten years from late 1995. Handed over to the AMI at a ceremony in 2004 in order to be preserved here. On display since 2005 with the markings of its former unit.
Identity could use confirmation. Plate on the back says the construction number is '6741'. This was never allocated but could be a mix-up of the most likely ID, MM6714. In the museum since 2005 and one of seven F-104S' (partly) preserved or stored as '9-51', of which six in Italy.
The latest type to have been built in a special 'PAN' version for the Pattuglia Acrobatica Nazionale or National Acrobatic Patrol, and one that received a Mid-Life Update too. Preserved here since December 2012.
Impressive engine but I wish they had put it somewhere else. This aircraft was built as a CL-13 Sabre Mk.4 and served in the RAF, first as XB904, later as XB915. It was transferred to the USAF in Oct 1956 and redesignated to F-86E(M) before being shipped to Italy under MDAP. Flew coded as displayed with the 2°Stormo, 13°Gruppo Autonomo. The Stormo badge is on the tail.
Fiat license-built 221 F-86K's, the AMI's first all-weather fighter. This is one was delivered to the Armée the l'Air and returned to Italy in January 1962. It served until late 1970, eventually marked as displayed. Was under restoration during 2004-2007.
The G-91T advanced jet trainer was based on the G-91R and gained both length and wingspan on the original. It maintained the single-seater's characteristics and kept an acceptable range. MM6344 actually flew as SA-44 with the Scuola Volo Basico Avanzato Aviogetti at Amendola.
Delivered in the mid-1970s and restored in the full outfit with original code of its first job, a basic jet trainer with the Scuola Volo Basico Iniziale Aviogetti at Galatina. Withdrawn from use by June 1994 and taken up by the museum.
The G.91Y was considerably superior to the earlier versions in almost every aspect. The most noticeable difference are the two J85 engines that replaced the single Bristol Orpheus but there were many more improvements. This one flew for many years with the 101°Gruppo CBR/8°Stormo, of which it displays the symbols on nose and tail respectively.
Was the sole SF260 of 70°Stormo for some time and made its official last flight there on 19 September 2009 with these extra titles (other side says '1976-2009'). Actually flew at least until late October 2009 and preserved in Vigna di Valle since 2012.
The rear fuselage and tail, showing the yellowed 41°Stormo emblem, the code applied (last operational one may have been AS-6) and how the original BuNo was adopted as Matricula Militare. The small tail strut and wheel that would prevent the empannage from hitting the deck for carrier-landing S-2s can also just be seen.
Close-up of the serial applied to the SM.79 of the museum that was actually the former L-112 of the Lebanese air force, and MM45508 before that. MM24327 was really a Piaggio P.108 heavy bomber of WW2. The model is of one of three SM.79s that gained fame early in 1938 with a Rome-Dakar-Rio de Janeiro flight.
Considered the best fighter-bomber of its day, the nuclear-capable F-84F was also quite daunting to student pilots: there were no two-seaters. Delivered in 1957 and based later at Gioia del Colle as displayed.