RN Publishing was established in January 2003 by Riccardo Niccoli with the aim of publishing the annual "Coccarde Tricolori," an innovative illustrated publication dedicated to the activities and aircraft of all branches of the Italian State's air forces, as well as the Italian aerospace industry. In 2010, the annual "Forze di Terra" was introduced, focusing on all Italian ground military units and the Defense industry. In 2014, to expand and complete information in the sector, "Coccarde Tricolori" absorbed "Forze di Terra" and began covering the terrestrial and naval sectors of Defense, along with the related industries. In 2019, the website www.coccardetricolori.it was launched, offering more timely and updated information on events affecting the sector, as well as detailed profiles of all armaments, aircraft, vehicles, and equipment in service in Italy.

Riccardo Niccoli

Born in Florence, in 1961, he has been working since 1982 as free-lance journalist, writer, historian and photographer in the aviation and defence sectors. He has been correspondent and special correspondent for Italian, British, United States, French, German, Spanish, Greek, Portuguese, Danish, Polish, South African, Brazilian, Japanese and South Korean monthly aviation and defence magazines.

He graduated in Political Science at the Milan State University, and earned a diploma in Public Relations at the ISFORP Institute, in Milan.

After a professional experience as Press Officer, since 1992 he has been working full time in the publishing sector. Up today, he published more than 1.200 articles on monthly and bi-monthly magazines. He is or was contributor to the Ed.A.I., E.M.I., DeAgostini, Hobby & Work and White Star publishing houses, and to the Italian Air Force General Staff for journalistic and editorial activities. His articles and books has been translated and published in ten languages.

In 2003 he established the RN Publishing S.a.s., which produces the aviation yearbook “Coccarde Tricolori”, and the series of books “Coccarde Tricolori Speciale”, acting also as Editor-in-Chief.

From 1992 until 2004, he managed the Press Office at the Vergiate Flying Club. Within this activity, he managed the Press Office during international events, such as the FAI-sponsored XIII Giro Aereo Internazionale d’Italia air rally, in 1994, and the three latest editions of the Vergiate Air Show (MAV) in 1994, 1995 and 1997. In 1998 was Press Officer at the Parma International Air Show, organised by the Aero Club Parma and Aero Club d’Italia on occasion of the Italian Air Force 75th Anniversary. In the period 1992-1995 he was Public Affairs consultant for the “L’Aeroplano” Aviation Museum, at Comignago (Novara).

In 1982 he gained its Private Pilot Licence, and was qualified on seven different types, including the aerobatic SIAI Marchetti / Aermacchi SF.260. In 1981, he also earned the Italian military parachutist wings, during his military service as Second Lieutenant in the “Folgore” Brigade.

Flying activity

As journalist and photographer he flew hundred hours on dozen of airplanes and helicopter types, from fighters to transports, for flight assessments and photo-reports. Between the various military models, the most relevant have been:

Lockheed TF-104G Starfighter, McDonnell-Douglas/Boeing F-15B Eagle, Lockheed-Martin F-16D Falcon, McDonnell-Douglas/Boeing TAV-8B Harrier II, Panavia Tornado F. Mk.3, Panavia Tornado IDS, Dassault Mirage 2000-5, AMX-T Ghibli, AleniaAermacchi M-346, Aermacchi MB.339A, CD and PAN, Mikoyan-Gurevic MiG-21UM, SAAB 105, SIAI S.211A, Pilatus PC-21, McDonnell-Douglas/Boeing KC-10A, Boeing KC-135E, Boeing 707T/T, Boeing KC-767A, Lockheed-Martin C-130H and C/KC-130J Hercules II, Aeritalia G.222, Alenia C-27J, AgustaWestland EH-101, Agusta A129 Mangusta, etc.


Significant Publications

Other publishing houses

Ulteriori informazioni sull’attività editoriale:
dal 1982, ha pubblicato articoli sulle seguenti testate.

  • Rivista Aeronautica (Italia) (rivista ufficiale dell’Aeronautica Militare)
  • Aviazione Giovani (Italia) (rivista ufficiale dell’Aeronautica Militare)
  • Volare (Italia)
  • RID (Italia)
  • JP-4 (Italia)
  • Panorama Difesa (Italia)
  • Aerei (Italia)
  • Aermacchi World (Italia)
  • Air International (Gran Bretagna)
  • Air Forces Monthly (Gran Bretagna)
  • Air Enthusiast (Gran Bretagna)
  • Airshow (Gran Bretagna)
  • Air Pictorial (Gran Bretagna)
  • International Air Power Review (Gran Bretagna)
  • Aviation News (Gran Bretagna)
  • Air Power International (Gran Bretagna)
  • Combat Aircraft (Stati Uniti/Gran Bretagna)
  • Flug Revue (Germania)
  • Fuerza Aerea (Spagna)
  • Fuerza Naval (Spagna)
  • Fuerza Terrestre (Spagna)
  • Avion Revue (Spagna)
  • Mais Alto (Portogallo) (rivista ufficiale della Fuerza Aerea)
  • Top Gun (Danimarca)
  • Ptisi (Grecia)
  • Air Fan (Francia)
  • Aviation Design (Francia)
  • Jets (Francia)
  • Air Action (Francia)

Journalistic contributions
Since 1982, he published articles on the following magazines:

  • Rivista Aeronautica (Italy) (Italian Air Force official magazine)
  • Aviazione Giovani (Italy) (Italian Air Force official magazine)
  • Volare (Italy)
  • RID (Italy)
  • JP-4 (Italy)
  • Panorama Difesa (Italy)
  • Aerei (Italy)
  • Storia Militare            (Italy)
  • Air International (UK)
  • Air Forces Monthly (UK)
  • Air Enthusiast (UK)
  • Airshow (UK)
  • Air Pictorial (UK)
  • International Air Power Review (UK)
  • Aviation News (UK)
  • Air Power International (UK)
  • Combat Aircraft (United States/UK)
  • Flug Revue (Germany)
  • Fuerza Aerea (Spain)
  • Fuerza Naval (Spain)
  • Fuerza Terrestre (Spain)
  • Avion Revue (Spain)
  • Mais Alto (Portugal) (official Air Force magazine)
  • Top Gun (Denmark)
  • Ptisi (Greece)
  • Air Fan (France)
  • Aviation Design (France)
  • Jets (France)
  • Air Action (France)
  • Lotnictwo (Poland)
  • Aerospace & Defence (South Korea)
  • JWings (Japan)
  • World Air News (South Africa)
  • Revista Força Aérea (Brazil)