Frecce Tricolori Returns to the U.S. and Canada: When Can You See Them?

A Historic Return After Three Decades

Frecci Tricolori Returns to the U.S.

For the first time in over 30 years, the Frecce Tricolori returns to the U.S. and Canada. Italy’s celebrated National Aerobatic Team is embarking on a monumental journey to North America. This historic deployment, reminiscent of the “Columbus ’92” mission, began from Rivolto, Udine, their home base.

A Summer of Aerial Excellence

The North America Tour ’24 commenced in June and will culminate in early September, highlighting the Italian Air Force’s prowess in both transfer operations and tour promotions. The journey across the Atlantic included strategic stopovers in Iceland and Greenland, before arriving in Bagotville, Quebec, for the inaugural event on June 22, 2024.

Showcasing Italian Ingenuity and Strength

This extensive tour, spanning thousands of kilometers from Italy, serves multiple purposes. It is a testament to the Italian Air Force’s values, technology, professionalism, and teamwork. The mission is primarily a rigorous training exercise designed to test the Italian Air Force’s capabilities in planning and executing complex operations involving numerous aircraft and personnel. Simultaneously, it acts as a showcase of Italy’s military aeronautical and aerospace advancements.

Celebrating with the Royal Canadian Air Force

The alignment with the Royal Canadian Air Force’s centenary celebrations took place at the beginning of the tour in June. The North America Tour ’24 demonstrates Italy’s cutting-edge air force capabilities. The Italian personnel and advanced equipment are prepared for rapid deployment anywhere in the world, showcasing their readiness to operate effectively in diverse global locations.

Testing Expeditionary Capabilities

The tour is also an opportunity to exercise Italy’s National Rapid Expeditionary capability from Space. This involves the rapid deployment of forces to distant locations, thoroughly testing the logistical and security capabilities over the deployment duration.

Promoting Italian Excellence Abroad

The North America Tour of the Frecce Tricolori is more than a military exercise; it is a platform to represent Italy globally. This tour offers a unique opportunity for the “country system” to spread the essence of “Made in Italy” across the ocean, promoting national industry in regions with significant Italian-Canadian and Italian-American communities.

A Jam-Packed Itinerary


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Here are the specific dates and locations of the tour:

    • June 22: Bagotville, Quebec

    • June 24: Niagara, Ontario

    • June 27: Trenton, Ontario

    • June 30: Montreal, Quebec

    • July 2: Ottawa, Ontario

    • July 4: Los Angeles, California

    • July 7: Grand Canyon/Monument Valley

    • July 10: Santa Barbara, California

    • July 14: San Francisco, California

    • July 17: Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

    • July 20: Chicago, Illinois

    • July 24: Toronto, Ontario

    • July 28: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    • August 1: New York, New York

    • August 4: Washington, D.C.

    • August 8: Newport, Rhode Island

    • August 12: Boston, Massachusetts

A Spectacular Independence Day in Los Angeles

One of the most anticipated events is the flypast in Los Angeles, California, on July 4th. This will coincide with the arrival of the Italian Navy’s “Nave Vespucci,” which is on a round-the-world trip. This event symbolizes the unity and excellence of Italian defense forces, even beyond national borders, as the two Italian defense icons come together in a grand display of the tricolour.

The Pride of Italy: The Frecce Tricolori

The 313th Aerobatic Training Group, or Frecce Tricolori, based in Rivolto, is a jewel in the crown of the Italian Air Force. This elite team exemplifies the operational excellence of the Italian Air Force, which safeguards national skies and interests abroad. Adored by Italians and admired globally, the Frecce Tricolori stands as a prestigious symbol of “Made in Italy” and the Italian aviation style.


The North America Tour ’24 is a historic event, rekindling the Italian Air Force’s ties with North America after three decades. It is a celebration of technological advancements, operational excellence, and the indomitable spirit of Italian aviation. This tour will not only test the capabilities of the Italian Air Force but also promote Italian heritage, industry, and ingenuity on an international stage.

Brigadier General of the Italian Air Force commented on the mission: “This deployment, thousands of kilometers far from Italy, will also be an opportunity to share the values, technology, professionalism, and teamwork of the entire Italian Air Force, on a journey through Canada and the United States” .

Happy summer and Ferragosto!

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