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Pratica di Mare Air Base

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Coordinates: 41°39′16″N 012°26′42″E / 41.65444°N 12.44500°E / 41.65444; 12.44500

Pratica di Mare Air Base
Airport typeMilitary
OperatorAeronautica Militare
LocationPomezia, Rome
Elevation AMSL42 ft / 13 m
Direction Length Surface
m ft
13L/31R 2,480 8,138 Asphalt
2,540 8,335 Asphalt
Source: DAFIF[1]

Pratica di Mare Air Base (ICAO: LIRE) is a military airport of the Italian Air Force, located in Pomezia, Lazio, southwest of Rome. It was first opened in 1937, and in 1957, it was named after Colonnello Mario de Bernardi. It is the biggest Italian air base.

The base houses a "Dragon Star" Airborne Multi-Intelligence Laboratory (a modified Gulfstream III) used for ISTAR.[2]


  1. ^ Airport information for LIRE at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
  2. ^ "Lockheed Martin's "Dragon Star" Airborne Multi-Intelligence Laboratory at work". The Aviationist. June 7, 2013. Known as “Dragon Star”, the Airborne Multi-Intelligence Laboratory (AML) is a specially configured Gulfstream III (registered N30LX) transformed into a flying test bed with a wide array of sensors forseen [sic?] by a configuration developed by LM for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) persistent operations. Since it was deployed to Pratica di Mare, the aircraft has been used by the Italian Air Force in a live operational environment.

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