Friday, June 4, 2010

Previously at the Malta International Airshow...

Although other countries in Europe offer a wide range of air displays; here in Malta, despite the limited budget, people still had the chance to enjoy a lot of great aviation scenes in the past 15 years. Whether it's a static or flying display, the end of September event has always been a success.

Some photos from the 1993 & 1997 editions:

Sapecat Jaguar (Royal
Air Force)

Panavia Tornado GR1
(Royal Air Force)

McDonnell Douglas
F-18C Hornet (USN)

The Patrouille de France

Panavia Tornado IDS (Aeronautica Militare)

Grumman F-14D Tomcat (USN)

C-160 Transall (French Air Force)

Lockheed S-3 Viking (USN)

Lockheed P-3 Orion (USAF) in 1993

Later editions saw the participation of Luftwaffe MIG-29s, Isreali A-4 Skyhawks, French Mirage 2000, Aeronautica Militare F-104 Starfighters, US Navy A-6 Prowler and many others.

The 2005 airshow was one of the best editions as it included the Merlins of Over Malta event. A beautiful sight of a MkVB Spitfire and MkXII Hurricane in the skies over Malta after more than 60 years.

Rockwell B-1b Lancer (USAF)

Breguet Br.1150 Atlantic (German Navy)

Scramble! Get that spit
on the runway! :)

Supermarine Spitfire MkVB

Hawker Hurricane

2008 saw a big participation of the Royal Air Force. The basic pilot trainer: the Tucano; the advanced jet trainer: the BAE Hawk; the attack aircraft: the GR7 Harrier; the interceptor: the Typhoon and the acrobatic team: the Red Arrows.

Red Arrows
Short Tucano
(Royal Air Force)
BAe Hawk (Royal Air Force)
Eurofighter Typhoon (Royal Air Force) C-130 (Swedish Air Force) Canadair CL-215 (ITA Protezione Civile)
Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker Handley Page Jetstream (Royal Navy) Bell UH-1
Typhoon takeoff
Red Arrow's
BAE Hawk
BAe Harrier GR7 (Royal Air Force)

Last year, another good line-up was on display, including the Breitling Jet Team, F-16s, Tornados, Harriers, Alpha Jets and most of all, two F-15C Eagle from RAF Lakenheath (Cambridgeshire, UK). Speaking with one of the pilots, I came to know that both aircraft are Gulf War Mig-Killers.
On 27th Jan 1991, Capt. Benjamin Powell in his F-15C serial no. 84-027 of the 53 TFS/36 TFW, shot down a MiG-23 and a Mirage F-1. The other F-15C scored 2 kills as well, when on 6th February 1991, 1Lt. Robert "Digs" Hehemann shot down two Su-25s.

BAe Harrier
McDonnell Douglas F-15C Eagle (USAF) Panavia Torando ECR (Luftwaffe)
Alpha Jet (Armée de l'Air) Casa C-212 (Armed Forces of Malta)
...1991 Gulf War
BAe 125 Dominie (Royal Air Force) F-16 (RNLAF Demo Team) Breitling Jet Team L-39 Albatros
Robinson 44
Breitling Jet Team in B1 formation. CL-415 (ITA Protezione Civile)

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