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Balbo (aircraft formation)

For the Italian Fascist leader, see Italo Balbo; for the village in Azerbaijan, see Balbau; for other uses, see Balbo.

Balbo was a common term in the late 1930s and early 1940s to describe any large formation of aircraft. It was named after the Italian fascist flying ace Italo Balbo who led a series of large aircraft formations in record-breaking flights to promote Italian aviation in the 1930s.[1][2]

During the Battle of Britain the term was used for the Big Wings that were based at RAF Duxford.[3][4][5]


  1. ^ "Another Triumph for Hiduminium" (advert).  
  2. ^ Boyne, Walter J. (2002). Air warfare: an international encyclopedia, Volume 1. ABC-CLIO. p. 63.  
  3. ^ Lewin, Ronald (1980). Ultra Goes to War. New York: Pocket Books. p. 86. 
  4. ^ Jablonski, Edward (1971). "Airwar" 1. Manhattan: Doubleday. p. 119. 
  5. ^ Robinson, Anthony (1979). The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Marshall Cavendish. p. 848. 
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