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The Malta airshow is a recurring event and was on our bucket list for some time. After being cancelled in 2020, we took the opportunity in 2021 to go there during a lull in the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. And it proved to be an altogether delightful experience.

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Let us start with the local armed forces aircraft.This Alouette III performed daily SAR demonstrations over the bay, from Qawra Point to Bugibba Square.

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It flew from the flighttline and is seen behind the SKA here. Super King Airs form the backbone of the Maltese aerial surveillance capabilities.

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Latest acquisition is the AW139, it augments and supersedes the Alouette.

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Over to the colourful static.

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Malta has strong ties with Italy. So we could enjoy a huge Italian contingent. The Guardia di Finanza ventured with a PH-139D (AW139) and an UH-169A (AW169) to Malta.

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The Vigili del Fuoco and Polizia sent their AW139 and UH-139C repectively.

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Whereas the AMI was present with a TA-11B Ghibli ...

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...and two A-200C Tornados.

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Denmark had a Challenger present, this looks like a surprise but they use it to monitor refugees in the Med.

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We spent some time in the approach and along the runway in this very spotter-friendly country.

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Rafale 140/4-GS blast off for its display.

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The ever-impressive solo-Turk taxiing to its take-off position.

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The 'Reds' were also enjoying Malta, two pairs on take-off.

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Swiss PC-7s always come with quite a bunch. This concludes our sample of this nice airshow.