Italian Eurofighter Units Gather For ‘Typhoon Flag 2024’ Exercise | Aviation

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An F-2000 of the 10° Gruppo takes off for a morning mission. (All images credit: Stefano D’Urso / The Aviationist)

The exercise precedes the deployment of the Typhoon fleet to Red Flag – Akaska in the U.S.

The Italian Air Force is currently conducting Exercise “Typhoon Flag 2024”, from March 11 to 29, at Gioia del Colle Air Base, home of the 36° Stormo (Wing). Compared to the previous years, this year’s edition of Typhoon Flag was moved up as it was also functional to the Red Flag – Alaska exercise, one of the two most important exercises of the year for the Italian Air Force Eurofighter fleet (the other being Ex. Pitch Black in Australia).

On Mar. 20, 2024, we took part in the second Spotters’ Day of “Typhoon Flag 2024” hosted by Gioia del Colle Air Base. During the event we had the chance to witness the flight operations throughout an entire day and capture the photos and videos you can find in this article.

F-2000As (as the single seater Typhoons are designated in Italy in accordance with the MOD’s Mission Design Series – the two-seaters are designated TF-2000A) belonging to the 4° (from Grosseto), 36°, 37° (from Trapani) and 51° Stormo (from Istrana) flew together during daily complex missions. All squadrons were represented during the exercise: 9° and 20° (TF-2000) Gruppo from Grosseto, 10° and 12° Gruppo from Gioia del Colle, 18° Gruppo from Trapani and 132° Gruppo from Istrana.

Some missions also saw the participation of the F-35s of the 32° Stormo from Amendola, to improve the cooperation between 4th and 5th generation assets. Supporting assets were represented by a KC-767 tanker, providing Air-to-Air Refueling, and a G550 CAEW (Conformal Airborne Early Warning), providing AEW-BM&C (Airborne Early Warning – Battlefield Management and Communication), both belonging to the 14° Stormo.

Similarly to other Large Force Employment (LFE) exercises…

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