Malta International Airshow 2012 Highlights

Once again, the yearly Malta International Airshow, held on the Sept. 29 – 30 weekend, featured some of the most interesting and rare aircraft of the airshow season.

Among the highlights of the 2012 edition, held in the Sept. 29 – 30 weekend, the C-130J-30 Super Hercules of the Qatari Emiri Air Force and the CH-47 Chinook of the Free Libya Air Force.

Sunday Show’s Gran Finale saw a newly painted Air Malta Airbus A320 flying in formation with the Old Flying Machine Company Spitfire to Commemorate the 70 years of the George Cross.

The Red Arrows had to take part to the airshow but experienced technical difficulties on their way to Malta on Sept. 28 and had to divert to Decimomannu airbase, in Sardinia. Even the Free Libya Air Force Mirage F1 cancelled its “return journey” to Luqa.

Roderick Agius took the following interesting pictures of the airshow.

Image credit: Roderick Agius


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David Cenciotti is a journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.