AleniaAermacchi is hosting a press tour this week in Italy. As you can see above, the itinerary includes stops in Turin, near Milan, Rome and Naples. Your humble correspondent gratefully accepted the invitation. (It's, um, a difficult assignment -- cough-cough -- but I'm a professional journalist and blogger; I'll do my best to make it through.)
I'll be mostly in an airport or on a plane for the next 14 hours, as my flight connects through Frankfurt. But here's a snapshot of the itinerary.
TUESDAY: Tour & briefings in Turin, the home of C-27J manufacturing.
WEDNESDAY: Tour & briefings in Venegono, home of AleniaAermacchi's trainer aircraft
THURSDAY: Briefings at Finmeccanica headquarters in Rome
FRIDAY: Observe G222 delivery ceremony to Afghan forces in Naples
I'll try to post daily updates. We've got a tight itinerary, and we're moving around quite a bit. So the updates may be subject to some delays.
I do hope to show you as many of the highlights of the tour as I can. It isn't often that AleniaAermacchi invites US journalists for a visit, so this will be a rare glimpse for an outsider to get a close-up look at their operations.