All eyes at Malta International Airport this weekend were undoubtedly focused on Apron 2 Stand 15C, where a United States Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) Boeing CV-22 Osprey, based at RAF Mildenhall, visited the Maltese Islands for the very first time. The CV-22 Osprey is a unique aircraft that combines vertical takeoff, hover and... Continue Reading →
Royal Navy Royal Fleet Auxiliary Argus
Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Argus visited Malta's Grand Harbour earlier this week. It is the latest Royal Navy ship to visit Malta, following a visit by HMS Albion earlier this month. RFA Argus serves as a Primary Casualty Receiving Ship. RFA Argus has a fully equipped 100-bed medical complex on board, which includes an emergency department, resuscitation... Continue Reading →
Airbus CC-150 Polaris
Earlier this afternoon, a Canadian Air Force CC-150 Polaris landed in Malta from Paphos for a night stop. The Royal Canadian Air Force operates 5 CC-150 Polaris, all of which were originally civilian airlines operated by Wardair and entered service between 1992 and 1993. In 2008, two of the five CC-150s were converted to air-to-air refuelling tankers,... Continue Reading →
Agusta Westland HH-139A
Earlier this afternoon, an Aeronautica Militare Agusta-Westland HH-139A ‘MM81798’ landed in Malta. The aircraft will stay in LMML for a number of days, whereby it will perform a series of exercise with the Armed Forces of Malta in order to learn from each other and strengthen the ties between both air arms. The HH-139A is... Continue Reading →
Philippines Air Force C-295W
Another Airbus Casa C-295W on delivery to the Philippines Air Force sporting military serial '215' landed at LMML this afternoon for a night stop following its ferry flight from Seville (LEZL). This is the second airframe for the Philippines Air Force sporting performance-improving winglets, a feature that has become standard among the newly produced C-295s... Continue Reading →
Arraiolos Group in Malta
Earlier this afternoon, several Heads of State started arriving in Malta for a high level meeting related to the agenda of the 'Arraiolos Group'. The Arraiolos Group is composed of the Heads of State of Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, and Malta. The formation brings together... Continue Reading →
Royal Jordanian Air Force AT-802
Earlier this afternoon, an ex UAE Air Force serial Air Tractor AT-802, '2282', presumably one of six donated to the Jordanian Air Force, landed at LMML for a night stop on its way to be upgraded in the United States.
Qatari Exotica at LMML!
Earlier this week, 2 Eurofighter Typhoons passed via Malta on delivery to the Qatar Emiri Air Force in stunning late afternoon light conditions.
Marine Militare AB-212 ASW
An Italian Navy Agusta-Bell AB 212 ASW sporting military serial 'MM81089' was recently observed on the deck of ITS Vega on the 14th August in Malta's Grand Harbour. The Agusta-Bell AB 212 ASW, built under license in Italy by Agusta is an anti-submarine warfare, anti-shipping version of the AB 212 helicopter. The type has been... Continue Reading →
Rider 77 in the Circuit
A US Navy P-8 Poseidon '169544' forming part of the VP-9 Golden Eagles patrol squadron performed 1 touch and go at LMML late yesterday afternoon. The squadron was established in 1951 and is currently operating out of NAS Sigonella. Following its deployment, it will return back to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, its home base... Continue Reading →
NATO MRTT ‘T-060’ Ready for Delivery
Earlier today, NATO's next Multi-role tanker transport aircraft 'T-060' was unveiled at LMML following a paint job performed at Aviation Cosmetics Malta. The aircraft performed a series of engine idle runs in preparation for its delivery flight tomorrow afternoon. The full MMF fleet will consist of 9 Multi-role tanker transport aircraft able to provide strategic... Continue Reading →
Italian Air Force HH-139B
An Italian Air Force HH-139B belonging to the 82nd CSAR squadron of 15 Stormo based at Trapani air base is currently in Malta to conduct a training exercise with the Armed Forces of Malta Air Wing. Besides its training commitments, last Sunday the HH-139B carried out a series of flypasts over important landmarks in Malta... Continue Reading →
MAR is extremely proud to showcase another publication in issue 78 of the 'The Aviation Magazine', documenting a three day visit to the North Macedonian Air Force at Skopje Petrovec Airport. You can read more about MAR's visit to Skopje Petrovec by clicking on the following link. MAR is extremely grateful to the editors of 'The... Continue Reading →
Kiwi in LMML!
The RNZAF C-130H(NZ) is currently operating in Europe as part of New Zealand's efforts to join international military forces to supply aid to war-torn Ukraine.
French Navy Panther
Earlier this afternoon a Eurocopter AS-565SA Panther '511' belonging to the French Navy performed two flybys at LMML.