Wednesday, 23 February 2011
The nice (Viscount) looking AZ8-L was designed by Filippo Zappata as a 22 passenger light transport. Powered by 4 x Alvis Leonides. It first flew on the 9th of June 1958. At the time Agusta was heavily involved in building Bell Helicopters under licence, so the commercial promotion of the plane was at least underestimate. Agusta ceased any developments of the aircraft and sold the one aircraft built to the Italian Air Force for liaison and transport duties. It was grounded due to a lack of spare parts after its last flight on the 11th of September 1963 and it was finally scrapped two years later.