Sunday, February 27, 2011

Sunday Aircraft Spotting at Luqa

Due to the Libyan crisis in these days and with numerous military and humanitarian operations still going on, the Maltese air space has been very busy.

Weather was awful last week but seemed ok this morning, so I went by the airport for about an hour, hoping to spot some interesting movements. As a matter of fact, the number of flights incoming and outgoing was impressive and it turned out to be a nice photography session.

From left to right: C-130 (Royal Air Force) , CASA CN-235 (Irish Corps) , Learjet 35 (USAF) , Gulfstream G550 , Beech 390 , Transall C-160 (Luftwaffe) , Dassault Falcon 10 (French Navy) , Alenia C-27J Spartan (Rumanian Air Force) , Airbus A333 (China Eastern Airlines) , A319 (Air Malta) , Airbus A333 (China Eastern Airlines), Embraer E-Jet (EgyptAir) , Boeing 737-300 (Air Italy) , Cessna 525B.

C-130J "Super" Hercules (Royal Air Force)

The Canadian Forces Air Command's C-17 Globemaster III take-off was quite a sight.

Finally I managed to get my own photos of the two Mirage F1ADs which defected last week. The two Matra 155 unguided rocket pods are still attached to the wing pylons, but noticed a difference: No.508 has a few missing 68mm rockets in both pods (see last two photos). These Mirages despite the 40+ years of service, are still excellent ground-attack fighter aircraft, considering they also have two 30 mm
DEFA 553 cannons. Attacking the protestants with such armament, would only have caused another devastating bloodshed in Libya.


  1. Great photos as always. How far away were you from the two Mirages?

  2. Hi thanks for the comment, glad you like them. I rushed with this post, managed to upload a few more photos today. Closest point from the Mirages was about 30 metres I think, great spot.