S u m m a r y
by Nicola Malizia
published by IBN Editore
|Media and Contents:
||Hard cover, 224 pages
Euros 48.00 from IBN Editore/Avio Libre
coverage of the F-104 in Italian Service, useful reference details
Reviewed by Ken Bowes
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I recently had the opportunity to read two excellent books on the F-104G
Starfighter. Both were characterised by spare but readable prose and
(more importantly) fantastic photographs of the subject.
what AirDOC has done for the Luftwaffe, Nicola Malizia and IBN Editore
has done for the Aeronuatica Militare. This beautiful volume is an
excellent all round work on the F-104, pulling no punches but also
providing access to hundreds of full colour photos of the F-104G, S and
ASA. It is not for nothing that it is subtitled “Colours and Fantasies
in Italian Skies”.
In the style of AirDOC the text of this book is fully bi-lingual so
that whilst I had to seek a translation for the title, the rest is
perfectly accessible to the Italian-challenged reader. The book is
organised with its text first providing many facts on the F-104 in
Italian service. The first five sections cover the Genesis of the F-104,
the F-104G in Italian service, the F-104S in Italian service, the
F-104ASA and finally the ASA-M, a type which owes its existence to the
much delayed EF2000. It is refreshing to read a text that pulls no
punches on assessing the unsuitability of the F-104G for Italian
fighter-bomber use to the praise heaped on the ASA and ASA-M as
interceptors charged with defending Italian airspace. Other reference
sections include Commanding Officers of all Aeronautica Militare F-104
units, production serial numbers, accident records, notes on camouflage
(great for modellers) and finally technical data.
That covers the first 60 odd pages. The remaining 164 pages are the
highlight. Large full colour photos of the Italian F-104 in its various
colours, markings, configurations and special schemes abound. The format
is usually two photos to a page, with some pages containing three or
more. All are informatively captioned in both Italian and English.
Without a doubt there will be little more that a modeller will need as a
reference to the Italian F-104.
Thanks to IBN Editore for the review sample.
Review Copyright © 2007 by Ken Bowes
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