Thursday, September 30, 2010

Malta International Airshow 2010

I finally managed to upload some photos and today's review is about the Malta
International airshow which was held last 25th & 26th September.

Considering today's airshow costs, the airshow comitee did a great effort once again and it was well worth the visit on both days. The RAF's participation was numerous once again, but there was also the chance to watch 2 F-16 display teams, as well as the Patrouille de France which were back after 16 years from their last visit in Malta. Some really cool displays, lots of people and good weather.

To start off, here are some various moments captured before the air displays.

(From left: BAe Hawk T1 in its usual shiny black scheme; Luftwaffe Tornado ECR;
F-16 line-up.)

(From left: Alpha Jet; Belgian F-16; USN C-26 & C-21, USAAF KC-135 & RNAF KC-10)

(From Left: French Air Force C-160 Transall; Alpha Jet line up;
BAe Hawk T1 in its usual shiny black scheme)

(From left: RNAF KC 10 Tanker; RAF Tornado GR4; Bae Hawk T1 display aircraft with the special scheme marking the 50th anniversary of 4th FTS)

(From Left: RAF BAe 125 Dominie; USN Navy P-3 Orion)

(From left: RAF Harriers GR9; AFM Islander)

Now with the display, starting with the markings of the Belgian F-16 Display Team spare aircraft:

Airliners taking off and pasing right on top, worth some extra photos :)

The AFM Agusta Bell 212 of the Italian Military Mission Malta.

The Dutch F-16 Demo Team on Saturday.

The Royal Air Force BAe Hawk T1 display.

The AFM Alouette choppers display.

The Bombardier 415 water-bomber of the Italian Protezione Civile.

The unique WEFLY display team, the only one in the world, formed from disabled pilots. These guys, really managed to show the crowd that flying solo is no limit even with such restrictions. Watching their brilliant display, you wouldn't even think of their condition and as the saying goes: "if there is will there is a way".

The Tucano display was one of my favourites, some very neat manouvres
and everyone in the crowd just admired the Battle of Britain scheme marking the
70th anniversary.

The Belgian F-16 Demo Team on Sunday, with this eye-catching scheme.

The Malta Aviation Museum's newly restored Tiger Moth taxiing along the runway.
A unique sight on the Maltese islands to see this aircraft in flying condition and at the controls, was Clive Denney, who was the Hurricane pilot at the 2005 event "Merlins Over Malta".

The gran finale with the Patrouille de France and their Croissilon formation roll (1st photo), turn right clover (2nd photo) & simultaneous roll formation sequence (3rd photo).

Last photo on the right is Commandant Virginie Guyot, the first woman in the world to command a precision aerobatic demonstration team. She salutes the crowd after an amazing display by her team; which also brought a conclusion to the 2010 Malta International Airshow. Lets hope for another great event in 2011!

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