Flying museum in tribute to Argentine great Diego Maradona unveiled, aeroplane to fly for World Cup in Qatar


The aeroplane features a picture of Maradona kissing the 1986 World Cup trophy. The wings of the aircraft have both of his goals from Argentina’s 2-1 win over England in the World Cup quarter-final.

The aeroplane dedicated to Diego Maradona unveiled in Argentina. (Courtesy: Reuters)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Diego Maradona led Argentina to 1986 World Cup glory
  • Diego Maradona died of a heart attack in November 2020
  • World Cup 2022 will be the first event without Maradona

An aeroplane, designed as a flying museum, dedicated to Diego Maradona was unveiled in Argentina ahead of the World Cup in Qatar later this year.

The 12-seater called Tango D10S has been financed by an Argentine fintech company in memory of Maradona, who led Argentina to lift the 1986 World Cup. The former champion died of a heart attack in November 2020.

The aircraft features a picture of Maradona kissing the World Cup trophy on the fuselage, with his face on the tail.

The wings have both of his goals in Argentina’s 2-1 win over England in the World Cup quarter-final. The ‘Hand of God’ goal is on the left wing, while a goal widely considered as the greatest of all time on the right wing.

“I am mad about Maradona, one of those people who still watch videos of Diego before I go to sleep at night,” Gaston Kolker, CEO of fintech company Give and Get, told Reuters.

“This is the first World Cup without Maradona and maybe the last with (Lionel) Messi. I said, I want to make Diego’s plane, I want to make Diego’s plane. And so we launched Tango D10S. When Maradona’s team mates saw it, the World Cup winners from 1986, they were amazed, they were hypnotised by the aircraft.”

The fintech company has planned to fly the plane around Argentina before heading to Qatara for the World Cup this year. Moreover, the fans will be able to board the plane and pay tribute to Maradona in the cockpit, ‘interact’ with the legend through artificial intelligence and see the 1986 team’s memorabilia.

The aircraft will also be available for private hire before eventually being auctioned for charity.

“We can’t believe or understand this craziness, the love involved,” Maradona’s daughter Dalma said. “How far will fans go? As far as a plane.”



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