Piaggione

Dino Marcellinocovers an air patrol mission by the Guardia di Finanza and 60 years of the Piaggio P.166

MILITARY PIAGGIO P.166

P.166DP1 M.M.62267 flying in formation with an ATR 42-500MP.
All photos Dino Marcellino

Last year, 2017, marked the 60th anniversary of the Piaggio P.166, an unmistakable and charming aircraft, characterized by its unusual seagull shaped wing and pushing propellers. The prototype flew for the first time on November 26, 1957 and the production standard aircraft was successful, being extensively used by civil and military operators around the world.

Among others, in Italy, it was used by flag carrier Alitalia as a training aircraft, and by the Aeronautica Militare (Italian Air Force), Guardia Costieria (Coast Guard) and Guardia di Finanza.

In July 2017, the Guardia Costieria retired its last P.166 from service, leaving the Guardia di Finanza as this amazing type’s sole operator in the world.

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