Italy retires VIP SH-3D

Italy retires VIP SH-3D

22-Oct-2012 Source:

Last Wednesday, the Italian Air Force flew one of its VIP SH-3D helicopters to the Air Forc Museum at at Vigna di Valle.  Serialled MM80973, the helicopter has been operated by the 31° Stormo unit since it was acquired in 1976.  The helicopter amassed 13,000 hours, and has flown many Italian VIPs as well as foreign rulers and royal family members.

After a short inhibiting program – removing fuels, oils etc – the helicopter will be put on display to the public.

We would like to thank Damiano Gualdoni for the photo, which remains his copyright

Jeremy Parkin –

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