Squadron Exchanges 2000

September 2000
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This Month the Italian Air Force 18 Gruppo based at Trapani-Birgi AB, flying the  F-104S/ASA and F-104S/ASA-M exchanged with the Turkish Air Force 111 filo flying the F-4E and based at Eskisehir AB. It was a two way shifted squadron exchange.  First in June the F-4E aircraft flew to Trapani AB, later in September the Italian F-104s flew to Turkey for their shift.
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1 till 11 September 2000
 
This period the Italian Air Force 10 Gruppo based at Grazzanise AB, flying the F-104S/ASA-M exchanged with the Hellenic Air Force 337 mira at Larissa AB, flying the F-4E. It was a two-way exchange. The participating Starfighters at Larissa included F-104S/ASA-M MM6778 code 9-40 and MM6929 code 9-43
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September 2000
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This month the Italian Air Force 23 Gruppo based at Cervia AB, flying the F-104S/ASA and  F-104S/ASA-M exchanged with the Spanish Air Force 141 Escuadron (ALA 14) flying the Mirage F1M and based at Albacete. It was a two-way shifted squadron exchange. First the Italian Starfighters flew to Spain in September and the Spanish Mirages flew to Italy late September for their shift. See video taken during this event here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzposuNaBTg&feature=share
Note: In June 2000 the Starfighters from 23 Gruppo were seen at this airbase also during exercise "EOLO" so the pilots must have enjoyed being at that airbase quite a lot and likely made arrangements for a squadron exchange later on that year.
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11 till 19 September 2000
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This month the Italian Air Force 9 Gruppo based at Grosseto AB, flying the F-104S/ASA and  F-104S/ASA-M exchanged with a Norwegian Air Force F-16AM squadron. It is unknown if it was a 1 or 2 way squadron exchange but at least the Starfighters flew to Norway being F-104S/ASA aircraft MM6705/4-5, MM6714/4-11, MM6824/4-3 and aircraft MM6825/4-21 using call-signs "I 6943" and "I 6705". Aircraft 4-21 and 4-11 departed on September 19th while the other two left 1 day earlier. All flew via Jever AB. During the exchange one TF-104G came by being MM54251/4-34 arriving on 15 September and leaving again on the 18th. Also this TF flew via Jever and the day after it arrived at Grosseto. (Some believe the Italian F-104s flew to Bodo but nobody could confirm this yet. who can help?).
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18 till 27 October 2000
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This month the Italian Air Force 20 Gruppo based at Grosseto AB, flying the TF-104G and F-104S/ASA exchanged with the Belgium Air Force OCU within 10 Wing at Kleine Brogel AB, flying the F-16A and B. It was a 2 way shifted squadron exchange. First the Belgium F-16s flew to Italy in May and the Starfighters flew to Belgium in October. Participating Italian aircraft at Kleine Brogel were MM54250/4-33 (callsign "I 4250"), MM54251/4-34 (callsign "I 4252"), MM54253/4-35 (callsign "I 4253A"), MM54237/4-32 and MM54553/4-44 (callsign "I 4251"). Aircraft 4-44 departed already on October 24th and 4-34 arrived on October 19th instead of the 18th. On October 25th the F-104S/ASA MM6838/4-58 visited Kleine Brogel and stayed the night. Pre-visit was made by TF-104G MM54237/4-32 (callsign "I 4237") on 25 September when it also stayed the night. Beneath a photo taken from 4-32 on October 24th by Roger Seroo. All aircraft arrived back at Grosseto on 28th of October 10:05h local time, accompanied by C-130H which arrived at Grosseto in the afternoon (13:55z).
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