19-Oct-2021 Source: Italian Defence
The Italian Army has retired the Agusta A109 helicopter after 45 years of service. The last flight was on 14 October from Chelotti Heliport, home of the 1st AVES “Idra” Support Regiment in Bracciano where all the administrative procedures for the type’s retirement will be managed.
The A109, which recently marked 50 years since its first flight, entered Italian military service in 1976, and was used by the Army for liaison, reconnaissance, observation and air transport activities.
Lieutenant Colonel Graziano Sotto Corona, Lieutenant Colonel Gianluca Lelli and Sergeants Major Emanuele Colonna and Alessandro Vizzini conducted the helicopter on its last flight mission.