The Italian Air Force Museum
(Museo Storico dell' Aeronautica Militare Italiana)
Vigna di Valle, Rome
Looking Back (to my pre-digital camera days)
April 2002
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Left to right: Hall 3 'Badoni' has been cleared with the exception of the two old ladies below.
Savoia-Marchetti SM.82 'Canguru' painted as 'MM61850' coded 14 (but it is really MM61187), current.
Fiat G.212 'Flying Classroom' (MM61804 '142-5'), current.
The CRDA Cant Z.506S 'Airone' (MM45425 '84-4'). Note the HU-16 behind has also been moved to the military side of the base.
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Left to right:
Caproni Campini CC.1 (MM488), current.
Savoia-Marchetti SM.79 'Sparviero' (Sparrow Hawk), (marked '278-2'), current.
Macchi Castoldi MC.200 Saetta (MM5311 coded '369-1'), current.
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Left to right:
Fiat G5bis (MM290 ex I-BFFI) it was owned by Cesare Biffi of Milan in 1939. This was the only G5 to survive the war. It was first here seen in 1991 (and 1999) but had gone by 2004, (where to?).
MC.202T-AS (MM9667 coded '73-7'), current.
Nardi FN.305 (MM52757 coded '3' and was previously I-DASM), current.
Ansaldo AC.2 (MM1208 coded '94-6') based on the Dewoitine D1, current.

April 2001
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Left to right:
Caproni Ca100 float plane (MM65156 coded 'COM-11' ex I-ABOU) in Hall 2 and was formerly of Como Aero Club. It's stay was brief at the Museum, it had gone back to Como Aero Club where it was still active in early 2005.
North American P-51D Mustang (MM4323 coded 'RR-11') before its restoration, current.
Nardi FN.305 (MM52757 coded '3' and was previously I-DASM), current.

April 2000
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Left to right:
Grumman HU-16A Albatross (MM50-179 coded '15-5'), current.
Macchi Castoldi MC.202 (MM9667 coded '73-7'), current.
Grumman S-2F Tracker (MM136556 coded '41-6'), current.
Piaggio P.166ML1 (MM61933 coded '53-34'), current.
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Left to right:
Republic RF-84F Thunderflash (MM27458 coded '3-05') on display for a number of years but had gone by March 2008 for restoration by 156º Gruppo, 36º Stormo at Gioia del Colle and returned by July 2014.
Canadair CL.13 Mk.4 (F-86E) Sabre (MM19792 coded '13-1'), current.
Republic F-84G Thunderjet (MM111049 coded '51-18' now restored as MM116746 '51-29'), current.
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Left to right:
Aermacchi MB-326E (MM54389).
Fiat Aviazione (later Aeritalia) G-91T (MM6344 '32-44' later exhibited as 'SA-47').
Fiat Aviazione (later Aeritalia) G-91R (MM6405 '2-05') first seen August 1996 but it had moved on by March 2008.
Lockheed F-104G Starfighter (MM6599 '53-21'), moved on by March 2008.

August 1996 Many of the former inmates of Hangar 3 or 'Badoni' Hall were stored outside as it had been partly cleared ready for refurbishment. The larger aircraft were able to 'stretch out' in the increased space, making photography much easier.
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Left to right:
Fiat G-59-4B (MM53276), current.
P-47D Thunderbolt (MM4653 coded 51-19 ex 44-89746). Delivered to Italian Air Force in March 1951. I saw this aircraft when at the Museum from 1973 to 2002, it is no longer on display, stored where? In April 2010 it was seen dismantled at Guidonia, by December 2010 it had moved on.
Grumman S-2F Tracker (MM136556 coded '41-6'), current.
Beech C-45F Expeditor (MM61734 coded 'RR-25'). This aircraft has moved to the museum store at Guidonia just outside Rome last noted in December 2010 with another C-45 (MM61762 'RR-11') with a glass nose.
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Left to right:
Macchi MC.205V (MM9546 coded '97-2' previously painted as MM9345 '155-6'), current.
Macchi MC.202T-AS (MM7844 coded '91-3' 'Baracca', now painted MM9667 and coded '73-7'), current.
Savoia-Marchetti SM.79 'Sparviero' (Sparrow Hawk), (marked '278-2'), current.
Savoia-Marchetti SM.82 'Canguru' painted as 'MM61850' coded 14 (but is really MM61187), current.
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Left to right:
Fiat G.46-4A (MM53286 'Z.I-7' later registered I-AELM). It was first seen in 1980 it was on display till 1996, when it was transferred to Pratica di Mare and there performed taxi runs during air displays in 2007 and 2008. It remained in storage until it was returned to the museum in 2012 for display.
The G.46 is of aluminium construction was designed by Giuseppe Gabrielli as a two seat trainer, with pilots sitting in tandem. There was also a single seat version. The G.46 first flew in 1948, before going into production in the following year. The Italian Air Force received 141 aircraft. 70 of these aircraft were later passed on to Italian Flying Clubs by the end of the 1950s and remained in use till the 1970s.
In 2006 only five G.46s are airworthy, apart from the two examples in Italy (MM53491 registered I-AEKT and MM53304 registered I-AEKA at Montegaldella November 2004), there is G-BBII (ex MM52801, I-AEHU) with the Aircraft Restoration Co at Duxford (arrived in 1992), US based N46FM (MM53091, I-AEHX) and OO-VOR (ex MM53293, I-AEKI) at the Vormezeele Collection in Belgium.
Reggiane Re.2002 Ariete (33? '2447'?) A fighter-bomber built in 1942. 225 were supplied to the Italian Air Force but only around 50 were operational when the Allies invaded Sicily on July 9, 1943. From 1943 the German Luftwaffe operated 60 Re.2002s in France 1943 (40 were built new for the Luftwaffe). This '80%' complete restoration was on display during 1996 only. I believe this example has been held by the museum since 1970 and was used for the recent completed restoration displayed here briefly before it was moved.
North American T-6G Texan (MM54097 'RR-67'), current.
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Left to right:
SAI-Ambrosini (Super) S.7 Supersette (MM558), current.
North American P-51D Mustang (MM4323 coded 'RR-11'), current.
Macchi M.416 (As I-AELY, later restored as MM53762 coded 'AA-48'), current.
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Left to right:
Fiat G-82 (MM53886 'RS-19'), transferred to Pratica di Mare by August 2004.
Fiat G.212 'Flying Classroom' (MM61804 '142-5'), current.
Caproni Campini CC.1 (MM488), current.

December 1994
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Left to right:
Lockheed F-104G Starfighter (MM6501 coded '3-11'), I saw this aircraft on display at the Museum from 1986 to 2000, it went to Pratica di Mare, where it was reported in June 2004.
Milita MB3 Leonardo (I-MIBO). I saw this little aircraft on display at the Museum from 1991 to 1994 it has now gone, (where to?), the Fiat G-212CA is behind it.
CRDA Cant Z.506S Airone (MM45425 '84-4'), current.
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Left to right:
Fiat G-59-4B (MM53276), current.
Macchi M.416 (As I-AELY, later restored as MM53762 coded 'AA-48'), current.
Grumman S-2F Tracker (MM136556 coded '41-6'), current.
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Left to right:
Fiat G-91R (MM6413 coded '2'), to Pisa.
Fiat G-91Y (MM580 coded 'RS-11'), to Rome.
Aermacchi MB-326E (MM54389) it has the Scoula Volo BIA (Basico Iniziale Aviogetti) badge on tail. Current coded '68'. 
Panavia Tornado IDS (MM7001 coded 'RS-01'), gone by 2005. Preserved at Cameri coded '53-CMP-1'.

April 1993
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Left to right:
Grumman HU-16A Albatross (MM50-179 coded '15-5') returning from the military side of the base, with the use of a crane, current.
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At this time the new Hangar 4 Skema Hall was being filled with exhibits from Hangar 3, including DH Vampire NF.54 (MM6152), which has since been moved to the 'top shelf' in this hall. Current.
North American F-86K Sabre (MM55-4868 coded '51-62') on display for many years it had left by November 2005 and returned by August 2009 after a restoration, current.
Caproni Campini CC.1 (MM488), current.
Piaggio P.166ML1 (MM61933 coded '53-34'), current.
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Left to right:
CRDA Cant Z.506S Airone (MM45425 '84-4'), current.
Supermarine Spitfire LF.IXc (painted as RAF MK805, it was previously MM4084), current.
Nardi FN.305 (MM52757 coded '3' it was previously I-DASM), current.
Macchi Castoldi MC.205V Veltro (MM9345 '155-6' it was later restored by 1996 as MM9546 coded '97-2'), current.
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Left to right:
Fiat G.212 'Flying Classroom' (MM61804 '142-5'), current.
Savoia-Marchetti SM.79 'Sparviero' (Sparrow Hawk), (marked '278-2'), current.
Panavia Tornado IDS (MM7001 coded 'RS-01'), gone by 2005. Preserved at Cameri coded '53-CMP-1'.

Before 1993 and as far back as 1980 when I first visited the museum, I was shooting in black and white.

2004+ Digital images
Italian Air Force Museum at Vigna di Valle
The 1926 Schneider Cup collection of aircraft as seen in 2004.