MM62012 current status

The “I-2012”, a DC9-32 of the 31° Stormo of the Aeronautica Militare (Italian Air Force, ItAF), is one of the most famous Italian aircraft. It carried the Italian National football team that won the Spain World Championship in 1982 and was the aircraft that flew the Italian Presidents and Prime Ministers for decades. The aircraft was retired in 2002 and for many years it remained parked in Ciampino airport until Alitalia decided to use it to train maintenance personnel. For this reason in the night between Oct. 15 and 16 2007, it was disassembled and transported to Fiumicino, where it arrived after 24 hours of work, inside the Avio 5 hangar.
Here’s a picture of the famous DC9 in the new location performing the new role of “maintenance job trainer”.

About David Cenciotti
David Cenciotti is a journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.