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AMI 4° Stormo F-20M 'Squalo'


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"Never merge with a Squalo."

                               - Note found on the  NATO TLP (Tactical Leadership Programme) bulletin board at Albacete

 

In the 1980's, Italy decided to begin replacing the venerable F-104, and to its credit, it required three aircraft to do so: Tornado for strike, AMX for light attack, and the F-20 as an interceptor. Called 'Squalo' (shark) by its pilots, the F-20 protected NATO's southern flank for two and a half decades while quickly gaining a reputation for dogfighting prowess among allied air forces.

This build represents an F-20M in a commemorative paint scheme and typical QRA configuration in its final year of service before being replaced with the Typhoon.

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