Air Enthusiast 1996-09
R.Niccoli - Gina's Story (1)
Formation of G.91PANs over Rivolto in March 1964. The aircraft are of recent delivery and still lack of the individual numbers on the fin.
Formation of G.91PANs over Rivolto in March 1964. The aircraft are of recent delivery and still lack of the individual numbers on the fin.
The last Italian G.91R to fly was MM6413 in a special green-white-red lively. Taken on April 7, 1992, taxying after the last landing.
LKG.43 Dornier-built ’R/3 3296 at Upper Heyford, August 1970.
In-flight over the North Sea, an unarmed G.91R/3 operated by ‘Condor Flug’ in the target-towing role - note the TT system under the port wing and blade aerials.
Fiat G.91R/3 5443 of Portugal’s Esq 301 painted in the last camouflage scheme of brown-green wraparound.
G.91R/3 5445 was specially painted in an overall silver finish to mark the retirement of the type on June 17, 1993, at Montijo air base.
Only G.91R/4 ever seen in Greek colours was 10109, the sixth example produced, and the only one to reach Greece in September 1961. This aircraft served with the Luftwaffe as ‘BD+235’, and later in the Portuguese Air Force as 5401, the first assigned.
G.91 MM6244 (NC.10, a pre-series aircraft) at Treviso in May 1985, when assigned to the 14° ‘Gruppo’ (white band on fin) of 2° ‘Stormo’. This aircraft was previously operated by the ‘Frecce Tricolori’.
Taking-off from Brindisi in October 1965, a G.91R/1B of 13° ‘Gruppo’ of the freshly re-formed 32° ‘Stormo’.
At the Gutersloh Tiger Meeting of September 1982, two G.91s of Esq 301 show the introduction of the new camouflage, from the grey-green ‘standard NATO’ to the brown-green with white undersurfaces, more suited to the Portuguese country.
’R/1 MM6282 showing 2° ‘Stormo’ codes ‘2-82’ and construction number 48. The 2° ‘Stormo’ badge comprised a black horseman with white shield against a cloudscape with blue background.
On take-off from Treviso, a G.91 was specially schemed for the air show on May 17, 1987, to mark the 200,000th flying hour of the type in Italian service.
Taken in June 1990, this photo shows the final low-visibility colour scheme of the AMT’s last G.91Rs, those of 14° ‘Gruppo’.
5432 of Esq 51 at Montijo in 1966, one of the 40 G.91R/4s delivered to the Portuguese Air Force. The camouflage is that of the very first period, with blue undersurfaces.
PAF G.91R-3 5452 in the ultimate of ‘Tiger’ colours.
In the markings of the RSV, ‘RS-01’ the second prototype, NC.Ibis, MM565 at Pratica di Mare in 1957. The differences are clearly evident from the first prototype.
In-flight over the UK in 1960, G-45/4 is MM6246, that was detached to Bristol Siddeley for a series of trials involving the Orpheus engine.
The second Fiat-built G.91R/3 (NC.55) coded YA+012 and assigned to the EStBw.61, pictured during trials of the AS.20 air-to-ground missile.
G.91R final assembly line.
G.91R/4 ‘BR+361’ (a reserve code) used by the ‘Luftwaffe’ for recruiting purposes after its retirement from the flying activity. It was 10098 destined for the Greek Air Force, and later assigned to the WSLw.50 as ‘BD+361’.
G.91R/3s of LKG.43 making a formation pass at Upper Heyford, June 1971.
G.91R/3 ‘ED+242’ of 2/AG.54, was modified in 1965 under the SATS concept for use on very short runways. One of the main features of the modification kit is clearly visible - the arresting hook under the tail.
The first G.91 prototype, the NC.I, at Caselle in autumn 1956. This aircraft was distinguished mainly by a taller fin, a test probe on the nose, the lack of armament, different nose landing gear doors, higher wing pylons with unique fuel tanks.
Flight line of the 103° ‘Gruppo’ at Treviso on May 26, 1985, during the air show for the 60th Anniversary of the 2 ‘Stormo’.
The first G.91T (NC.I) and a G.91R/1 (MM 6281) of 103° ‘Gruppo’, still in the marking of the 5~ ‘Aerobrigata’, and with the hopeful NATO badge on fin, which was carried until the ‘Gruppo’ passed under the 2' ‘Aerobrigata’. The camouflage is the grey-green ‘standard NATO’ with blue undersurfaces
Fiat G.91R/4.