At Grosseto, there are some 15 operational F-104's and TF-104's in sun-dispersals, in the hangar and on the flightline.
In 2005 the first Eurofighter were delivered to Grosseto, for an operational test program. To host the Eurofighter, extensive maintenance is performed on flightlines, platforms and taxiways.
The F-104's from Cervia, Grazzanise and Trappani were reassigned to Grosseto near the end of 2002. And the F-16 was introduced to these 3 bases. All Italian airworthy (T)F-104's are now located at Grosseto were the last operational (T)F-104 flight was planned for October 2003.
Despite the dawn of the Starfighter era, student F-104 pilots were until recently (and may still) get their training on the TF-104's
By kjfitz @ 2007-01-27 21:53:45