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A quick glance at which pages have been updated. Scroll down to CONTENTS section below for further details.

On 17 August 2014 – Mil & Civil deliveries, Mil & Civil Accidents, DC-3, Air Rally, Yachts, RAF ACP & Summer Camp pages.


Hermann Buttigieg welcomes you to the Aviation in Malta web site.

Having been a colony of Great Britain for 150 years (1814-1964), and serving as a base for Britain's Armed Forces for a further 15, Malta was introduced to the world of aviation from a very early start.

From the construction of the first seaplane base at Kalafrana in 1916 to the ravages of World War Two, the build up for the Suez canal, through four hi-jacks, and on to today's Malta International Air show, Malta has seen almost all the uses an aircraft can be put to.

About this web site

The purpose of this site is to build up a record of aviation activity in Malta, past and present. It is an ongoing project, and I welcome any information/corrections which you can offer.

Data in the first column, (usually a date, registration or aircraft type) in bold red text indicates new information. Bold text elsewhere indicates corrected or that additional information has been added since the last update.

Any photographs which appear on this site are either from my collection, or are being reproduced by permission. Your attention is drawn to the Terms of Use and Privacy Statement at the bottom of the page.


A Wikipedia article about Malta can be found here.



This web site was re-styled 28 June 2006. For those of you who remember the old version, the individual buttons for each page have now been replaced by drop-down menus. The pages are now grouped together by subject, as detailed below. Red text indicates when that particular page was last updated. For your convenience, each page title is a link to the page itself.


Airfields & Airlines

Hal-Far airfield - History of Malta’s first proper airfield.

Luqa Airfield – A history of Malta’s only remaining airfield.

Marsa Field – The first landing ground built in Malta until the construction of Hal-Far.


General/Commercial Aviation

9H- register – All the aircraft that ever carried the 9H- prefix.

Accidents (Civil) – A list of accidents that have taken place in/around Malta or to Malta-based aircraft. Updates to 1930’s, 1940s, 1950’s, & 2010 decades. The aircraft used in the Libyan Unrest of 2011 is now within its own sub-page, as are the aircraft being used in the current Libya crisis.

Air Rally – Details about the International Air Rally of Malta. Updated.

Deliveries – Aircraft that are known to have used Malta on their delivery flights. Updated piston/turbo-prop and added new page, Special/Unusual flights.

DC-3 – DC-3s seen in Malta for maintenance, just visiting, and celebrations. Updated non-Miaco page.

DHC-4 Caribou – History and details of aircraft seen in Malta.

Malta-based – Aircraft based in Malta but never placed on the civil register here.

Aircraft Maintenance - Aircraft which came to Malta for maintenance purposes.

Planes on Film - Film/adverts shot in Malta, using aircraft that were Maltese owned, or were brought specially for the duration of the shoot.

Training Flights - Aircraft that visited Malta for the purposes of pilot training.

Yachts - Helicopters seen on board super yachts. Page created on 8th March 2009. Updated.

Military Aviation

Accidents (Military) – Accidents involving military aircraft. Updated 1910, 30s, 40s, 60s, & 70s decades.

Air Wing – History of the Air Wing of the Armed Forces of Malta.

Malta-based – Details of Air Force and Naval squadrons based in Malta until March 1979.

Military Deliveries Military aircraft delivered via Malta. Updated Assorted Piston/Turbo-props page.

Naval visits – Visits by naval vessels capable of carrying aircraft and/or helicopters.

RAF Luqa – Details of RAF squadrons based in Malta, and exercises held in Malta until March 1979. Updated Javelin & Lightning ACP page.

Summer Camps – Details of Summer Camps held by both RAF and RN reserve squadrons Updates to 611 Squadron.

Air Shows

Armed Forces of Malta – Details of the Open Day held by the A.F.M.

Displays (Government) – Air show/displays organized by the Government of Malta. Updated.

Displays (non-Government) – Air show/displays organized by private individuals/organizations.

Malta Int’l Air Show – Details of aircraft that have attended listed by year. Also included are tables listing the aircraft indexed by type, as well as participation by country.

Royal Air Force – Air shows/displays or open days held by the British services until 1979. Update, 203 disbandment.

Wings over Ta’ Qali – An open day held at the previous airfield of Ta’ Qali.

Airshows Abroad - Description/details of airshows seen abroad.


Aviation Museum – The exhibits at Malta’s only aviation museum.

Fifty Years Ago – Brief description of aviation and military events which took place fifty years ago.

Quotes – A number of quotes from a number of sources, about a variety of subjects, not necessarily aviation.
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