Formation Aermacchi MB-339A/PAN from the Italian Air Force "Frecce Tricolori" (literally Tricolour Arrows) at the RIAT 2019, RAF Fairford (UK)
Known as the world's largest military aerobatic team, Pattuglia Acrobatica Nazionale (PAN) "Frecce Tricolori" can boast a display of 10 MB-339A/PAN (now designated AT-339A) jet trainers. The team was formally established in 1961 on the Canadair Sabre, and transitioned to the Fiat G91 three years later. It was with the G91 that the Frecce first attended the Air Tattoo, then staged at Greenham Common, in 1976. Conversion to the agile Aermacchi MB-339 took place prior to the 1982 season. The Frecce are renowned for the spectacle of their displays, during which the soloist in particular shows something of the MB-339's exceptional manoeuvrability. The Aermacchi MB-339A/PAN is a special variant for the Frecce Tricolori aerobatic team, adding smoke generator but removing tip tanks. It has been announced that the team will soon convert onto another new aircraft, the Alenia Aermacchi M-345 HET (High Efficiency Trainer).
The Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) is the world's largest military air show, held annually over the third weekend in July,
usually at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, England in support of The Royal Air Force Charitable Trust.
The show typically attracts a total of 150.000 to 160.000 spectators over the weekend.