Agusta-Bell 206A Jet Ranger, MM80574 / 8223, Italian Army / Esercito Italiano
Construction Number: 8223
Code Number: EI-513
Military Unit: 3° Reparto Riparazione A.L.E.
Operator: Italian Army / Esercito Italiano
Photographer: F. McMeiken
Date Taken: 07/1988
Date Submitted: 16/02/2013
The first 16 AB-206 delivered to the Italian Army were AB.206A versions featuring short skids. They were known as 'bassotti', a play on words, as 'basso' means low and a 'bassotto' is a short legged basset hound. This example undergoing maintenance is from the 23Â° gruppo squadroni ERI 'Eridano', whose badge is on the fin and the unit STANAG, 3061 on a blue background, is on the nose. Last known in storage at Bracciano in 2012.