36 Stormo is the only wing in Italy to operate two front line Eurofighter squadrons, 10 & 12 Gruppo (the second squadron at 4 Stormo is a training squadron).
In recent times the wing has participated in Desert Storm (Iraq 1990-1991), Sharp Guard Deny Flight (Bosnia 1993-1995), Albania (1997), Allied Force (Kosovo 1999) & Odyssey Dawn Unified Protector (Libya 2011).
Other than 1 Reparto Manutenzione Velivoli at Cameri, Gioia del Colle is the only base than can undertake second level programmed maintenance inspections of the Eurofighter fleet which occur at every 500 and 1,000 flying hours. Consequently other units send their Eurofighters to Gioia del Colle for these inspections.
Aviation Press would like to thank 36 Stormo for hosting our visit and Aeronautica Militare Italiana HQ Roma and Forest Aviation/Paolo Di Baggio for assisting with and organising the visit.