The previous IAF gate guardian at Caselle was a more historical Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk.4 (F-86E), that was moved to the Aosta Flying Club in 2002. The new monument stands now as the symbol of the strong connection between the F-104 and the Turin airport, the nest of the Italian Starfighters for more than 40 years.
In the picture: Alenia TF-104G MM54228 placed as gate guardian at the Turin/Caselle airport, July 2003. (Aeromedia)
(Aeromedia, July 2003)