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Paolo6691

Op Locusta Buddy buddy pods markings

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Hi all

Probably most of you know about Ugo Crisponi work, he does some very nice profiles, I browse his site and his flickr acount from time to time to get the inspiration for some modeling.

During my latest perusing of his very nice work, I spotted an Italian Tornado from Operation Locusta (Italian contribution to the Gulf War) with a marking on its buddy buddy pod.

http://www.aviationgraphic.com/fighters/1349-tornado-ids-36-46-156gruppo-am-jp-1459.html

The marking is of the biggest Italian petrol company AGIP, in a similar way of Victors with BP mission markings, I did look for pictures online but I didn't find any.

I wonder if any of you came across pictures of Buddy buddy pods marked with the AGIP six legged dog, I would love to see them.

Cheers

Paolo

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Hi Paolo,

I'm sorry can't help with photographic evidence, but I do hope it's genuine, and I'm sure there are good sources for the AGIP markings in the F1 modelling world.

Thanks for posting.

Ant

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I have seen photos of S-3s with Shell, Mobile and Esso markings on their re-fuelling buddy pods, but none of the Italian Tornados. Have you tried looking at the Web Site dstorm.eu which has many photos of Gulf War aircraft.

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Hi Jabba

That is why I am asking, I never saw one myself.

I did check dstorm.eu a couple of pics have buddy-buddy pods but they are plain.

Cheers

Paolo

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I have had a look through all my Tornado and Gulf war books, but I can still not find any photos with any re-fuelling pod so marked.

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Hi Paolo,

it is possible, Tomorrow morning I check my references, don't worry the buddy buddy pod is easy to work (apply decals) also finished model. You can use decals car rally 1/43. Moreover I ask at my friend pilot of Tornado (he was a instructor at Cottesmore). Keep smile :thumbsup:

Linus

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Hi Linus

As I said I would like to see a pic of it, just to know it is real and how it looked in real life.

Thanks for your suggestion of using car rally decals, but I will consider doing it only if I find a pic

Cheers

Paolo

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OK Paolo,

I had search in my documentations, but I'm sorry, I haven't the picture about Tornado with buddy pod AGIP. But today I had call my friend, he tell me that this pod was really, and also her tell me that the picture was in a calendar AEREONAUTICA MILITARE but he don't remember which year, Tell me to have a patience that he will search for me the calendar in her archivie. So you can build the model and don't worry that the picture will arrive!!!!! I hope soon!!!

Cheers

Linus

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Tornado MM7055 never deployed on Operation Locusta according to my references, and the only two photos of AMI Tornados carrying the buddy pod neither have the AGIP emblem on it.

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Hi folks,

the cod. about Italian tornados in Op. Locusta:

MM7019 (19), MM7035 (35), MM7050 (50), MM7055 (55), MM7061 (61), MM7067 (67), MM7070 (70), MM7071 (71), MM7073 (73), MM7074 (74) shot down Bellini/Cocciolone, MM7075 (75), MM7076 (76), MM7080 (80), MM7084 (84), MM7086 (86), MM7088 (88).

For the photo about buddy buddy pod (Agip) a moment of patience, I had asked photos at my friends were on duty at Al Dhafra during Op.Locusta.

Cheers

Linus

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May I ask where you got your references? As my references state that only 8 Tornadoes actually deployed on Op Locusta, would be good to update if I'm wrong.

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Dear scotthldr,

8 tornadoes were the first who were then joined by 2. others have come and gone over the course of the conflict. You can see "Gulf Air War Debrief" world power ait journal, where 12 tornadoes Italian. Of course, this whole affair has been dealt with reserve by the air force . In turn, there are a few photos I have a picture on the book "After the storm ten years after the Gulf War," where you see MM7055 with buddybuddy pod flying over the desert but without the written AGIP.

The planes that took part in the Gulf War, they retained the coloration desert for some years. it may be that the pod in question was painted when the tornadoes came back to Italy. I reserve to give confirmation just in my specialist friend (who was in Al Dhafra as a specialist on tornadoes) can you tell me something more.

Sorry for my mistake English, but I hope you can understand.

Ciao ciao

Linus :bye:

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Hi Paolo6691,

I have find the pict about tornado with buddybuddy pod AGIP over desert during first gulf war. Sorry I don't know like to postage them on forum (I'm a turkey!!!) so I send you the pict via mail.

Cheers

Linus :winkgrin::winkgrin:

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Linus was so kind to send me a picture of the Tornado in question with the Agip art on its buddy buddy refueling pod and asked me to post it on this thread,

img030_zpsafe82397.jpg

Thank you very much for your kindness and your work in finding this picture

Cheers

Paolo

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:thanks:Paolo, thank you for your kindness to post the picture, I hope you are glad, and also to make glad other folks that they are interested in this particular subject.

Thank again, you are a good friend indeed.

All the best from Udine.

Cheers

Linus

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Hi Linus

Interesting stuff shame is the wrong scale

Thank you for your heads-up

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