English translation by Frank McMeiken
On Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 June, off the Jesolo shore, the 2011 version of the annual "Air Extreme" air display took place. The title of the display is drawn from the company which organises the event. Air Extreme, in fact, is the largest company in Italty principally engaged in the organisation and leasing of infrastructure for events and, probably uniquely in Italy, can offer specialised air display management services.
The display was spread over two days (Saturday between 16.15 and 19.30 and Sunday between 16.00 and 19.15), both featuring an identical programme aimed at offering the widest possible audience the chance to travel to the famous Jesolo resort and witness the stars of Italian and international aerobatics perform in a spectacular display.
The spectators could also watch the routine of the Italian Frecce Tricolori aerobatic team, and demonstrations by pilots from the Reparto Sperimentale di Volo at Pratica di Mare flying the Typhoon, AMX, MB 339, and finally the C-27J.Famous foreign participants were also present, not least the Thunderbirds, the official team of the United States Air Force, based at Nellis Air Force Base (Las Vegas), the Breitling Jet Team in a seven-ship formation with the Aero L 39 Albatros, flying in direct from Dijon-Longvic airport in France, and from Britain two Wing Walkers, who performed simultaneous gymnastic manoeuvres for the public while attached to the top wing of two veteran Stearman biplanes.
Worthy of note is the fact that for the first time, the display was broadcast live on the Rai 1 TV channel between 15.45 and 18.10 on Sunday 12 June.
The participants in the flying programme were:
“We Fly Team”, a formation of three ultralights flown by disabled pilots
“Pioneer Team” a four-ship formation of Alpi Pioneers
“Blue Voltige”, a two motor-glider aerobatic team
“C-27J”, the Aeronautica Militare's tactical transport aircraft
“MB 339CD”, the Aeronautica Militare's trainer
“AMX” combat aircraft from the Aeronautica Militare
“Breitling Extra 300” flown by Francesco Fornabaio
“Breitling Jet Team”, the unique civilian seven jet formation
“Breitling Wing Walkers”, two Stearman biplanes with girls on the wings
“The Thunderbirds”, the USAF aerobatic team
“Team Audace”, the only formation in the world flying eight motorised gliders
“Typhoon”, a combat aircraft from the Aeronautica Militare
“HH 3F”, the Aeronautica Militare's search and rescue helicopter
Images by Omar Rigamonti and Luigi Sani
Text by Omar Rigamonti
Produced by Giorgio Ciarini