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A Spontaneous Italian Air Show

On Tuesday I got an email from the base about an air show taking place the next day by the Italian National Aerobatic Team. It was two sentences long and I dismissed it as quickly as I opened it. I’ve only been to one air show before and I loved it, but since the only news I heard was from a short email, I didn’t think there would be much hubbub over this one.

I was right and wrong. I was on base yesterday doing laundry and just as I was wrapping up I heard jets fly overhead. Hearing the loud roar of jets is nothing new on this base, but what I was hearing—over the rumbling of all the washers and dryers in the laundromat—sounded like all hell was about to break loose. I quickly ran out of the building to see what was going on and that’s when I remembered the email blurb. 

Frecce Tricolori, the Italian version of The Thunderbirds, were not just practicing, but putting on a really fantastic show! They flew low and right overhead (I wish I had some
earplugs, because the sound is almost deafening) and I was happy to have
my phone with me at the time to snap these photos. 

It only lasted about 30 minutes, but it was breathtaking and so much fun. They did some tricks that definitely got my heart beating and my adrenaline rushing. If you’d like to see more photos, check out the Aviano Air Base facebook page!

Have you ever seen an air show before?  


  1. I LOVE air shows! Your Poppy also loved them! The last time the Thunderbirds were here, I forgot about the show until I also heard a loud noise from above and ran outside to see a wonderful show!

  2. I have seen this exact show and many other shows while we were at Luke. I LOVE them! They say every day here is an Air Show that outside world will never know about because some of the planes here never hit the "market" or mainstream Military. Makes sitting out on my lawn a fun thing to do!

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