Aviation

Tanker News – GULF PETROLEUM 4 refused entry to Malta – 08.05.2021

It started on Saturday 8th May, 2021 around 1010 hrs when the Libyan tug SILIN towing the 159 metre tanker GULF PETROLEUM 4 was called on vhf Ch 12 by Valletta VTS to stay at least 26 miles offshore Malta. Few minutes later during conversation exchanges between the ships, radio officer aboard the tanker stated …

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Harbour Facilities – Has Saptan Fuelling Dolphin

The only Jetty in the middle of Marsaxlokk Harbour is known as MX (Marsaxlokk) Dolphins and  is situated southeast of Il-Qajjenza at Birzebbugia close to Il-Fossa which is a tourist attraction in Marsaxlokk. Has Saptan Fuelling Dolphin provides storage for local cargo in its underground installation. The installation’s capacity is over 150,000 tonnes of clean petroleum products, …

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Navy Ships – Aviation Training Ship RFA ARGUS A 135

RFA ARGUS A 135 is a ship of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary operated by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) under the Blue Ensign. Formerly the Italian built container ship CONTENDER BEZANT ( 28 November 1980 launched by Cantieri Navali Breda S.A, Marghera Yard, Venice as Yard Nr: 293 named CONTENDER BEZANT for Contender 2 Ltd (Sea Containers Ltd, Managers) Hamilton, Bermuda. The …

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Aviation – Spanish Air Force Patrulla Aguila Display Team, first time in Malta – 1995

The Spanish Air Force sent Patrulla Aguila its aerobatic display team to take part in the third edition of the Malta International Airshow from Saturday 23rd to Sunday 24th September 1995. Formed on 4th July 1985 they are based at San Javier Air Base at the location of the academy of officers of the Spanish Air Force, …

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Aviation – Swiss Air Force PC-7 display team, first time in Malta – 2006

The Swiss Air Force sent its PC-7 aerobatic display team to take part in Malta International Airshow 2006. The team is one of Switzerland’s two national display teams. Made up of nine aircraft, it derives its name from the type of aircraft, the Swiss made Pilatus PC-7. The team performed in Malta for the first …

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Aviation – Italian Airforce G.91 aircraft presentation to the Malta Aviation Museum.

On Monday 3rd November 1997 the Italian Air force (Aeronautica Militare) presented a single seat strike fighter Fiat G.91R to the Malta Aviation Museum through the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM). She was shipped to Malta via a Sea Malta ro/ro vessel and transported to AFM Luqa Barracks where the presentation was held. Also the …

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Naval Aviation News – Boeing Receives P-8A Poseidon Contract From U.S. Navy – 28.01.2019

ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 28, 2019 — The U.S. Navy has awarded Boeing a $2.4 billion production contract for the next 19 P-8A Poseidon aircraft. The contract includes 10 aircraft to add to the current inventory of P-8As in the U.S. Navy fleet, all five jets currently under contract for Norway and the four aircraft remaining …

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World’s Largest Helicopter in Malta – MIL MI-26 The World’s Largest Helicopter, the MIL Mi-26 was seen in Malta exactly 3 years ago back to 21st April, 2015. She was on a ferry flight registered as RA-06029. during 2013 she was spotted in Sudan wearing United Nations (UN) colours.The Mil Mi-26 (Russian: Миль Ми-26 and NATO reporting …

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