Aviano Air Base



31st Fighter Wing

Aviano Enlisted Project Team

Members of the Aviano Enlisted Project Team kneel in front of a Medal of Honor recipients display. Located in the La Dolce Vita, six heroic Airmen are recognized for choices only Airmen truly committed to the Air Force Core Values would make, with some making the ultimate sacrifice. From left, Master Sgt. Shon Wagner, Senior Master Sgt. Jose LugoSantiago, Senior Master Sgt. Darren Simmons, Master Sgt. Rodolfo Borrego, and Master Sgt. Adrian Carr.

390th Fighter Bomber Mission Beer Stein

Beer Stein that was made to commemorate the 390th Fighter Bomber Squadron's (The Warthogs) mission that originated in Alex, USA. The back shows flight plan that put touch downs in Newfoundland, Azores, Casa Blanca, and then Aviano, Italy. The dates were from 15-25 Dec 1955.

World War I and II

Located about 2 miles north of Aviano, and 50 miles northeast of Venice Italy, Aviano Air Base was originally built as one of the Italian Air Force's first flight training schools and as a construction facility for aircraft parts on 19 Apr 1911. The air field was for missions against Austro-Hungarian and German Armies used in World War I. In 1919 it was renamed Aeroporto Pagliano e Gori after two Italian pilots that conducted unauthorized attacks on the Austrian naval yards in Pula; it was also overrun by the Austro-German army before the end of the war. The Base was again used for flight training between 1919 and 1939.

During World War II, both the Luftwaffe and the Italian Air Force shared and flew missions from Aeroporto Pagliano e Gori before being captured by British forces in 1945. The RAF then conducted Air operations from the base until 1947, when it was returned to Italian control.

U.S. Army Air Forces Missions against Targets in the Vicinity of Aviano:

5 Dec 194312 AFFighters and fighter-bombers attack airfield
28 Jan 194415 AFB-17's bomb airfield with fighter escort
31 Jan 194415 AFB-17's and B-24's bomb airfield. Escorted by P-38's and P-47's.
14 May 194415 AF48 P-38's strafe airfield.
6 Jul 194415 AFB-17's and B-24's bomb oil and gasoline storage. P-51's and P-38's provide escort.
4 Oct 194413 AFHeavy bombers attack airfield.
11 Nov 194415 AFHeavy bombers attack airfield with fighter escort.
18 Nov 194415 AFHeavy bombers attack airfield with P-51 escort.
2 Mar 194512 AFFighters and fighter-bombers attack airfield.


The Italians continued to use the base until 1954, when the US government signed a Joint-use agreement that commissioned the base as part of the North American Treaty Organiztion (NATO). USAFE officially activated the base on 15 Feb 1955, and in turn activated the 7207th Air Base Squadron. At this time Aviano had no permanent tactical aircraft on station, instead the base hosted a rotation of fighter deployments from Tactical Air Command bases in the US to support NATO alert commitments and air Force weapons-training deployments.

Effective 1 Dec, the 7227th Combat support group was host unit of Aviano, when it was replaced by the 40th Tactical Group on 1 Apr 1966 to manage rotational units from the US on a permanent basis.

With the closing of Torrejon Air Base, Spain on 21 May 1992, the 401st Tactical Fighter Wing moved operations to Aviano, replacing the 40th Tactical Group. After the destruction of Homestead AFB, Florida by Hurricane Andrew, the 401st was decommissioned and replaced by the 31st Fighter Wing on 1 Apr 1994.

March 2003, Aviano became the launch point for airborne/air-operations that opened a second front in Northern Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom; securing, supporting and feeding over 2300 personnel from the USAF and US Army.

Interesting Fact

USAF Captain Scott O'Grady of the 555th Fighter Squadron, Aviano AB, was shot down over Bosnia in 1995. He was later rescued by U.S Marines of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit stationed aboard the USS Kearsarge.

Visit Official Site: http://www.aviano.af.mil/
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