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Thread: 2 Libyan Mirage Fighters defect to Malta

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyde View Post
    Great, now Malta has an air force!
    Malta has had an air force (the Maltese call it their "air wing") since independence. But they've never had anything like these Mirage jets. I doubt they'll bust out stencils and paint the George Cross on them though. Instead, they'll probably be handed back to whatever government the Libyans end up with after this upheaval is over.
    http://www.maltaspotting.com/airwingafm.htm

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    ...and what if they not were exactly defectors?

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    Aren't some of the helicopters used by the Maltese Air Wing ex-Libyan?
    Maybe this was just a sales promotion for more.

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    Open Water was filmed in Malta.

    Don't mess with Malta.

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    More pics.


















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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.K View Post
    There is also rumors of helicopters landing in Malta.

    Yeap, here you go:


    1 hour ago Two civilian helicopters, which landed without authorisation after leaving Libya, are seen at Malta International Airport outside Valletta February 21, 2011. Police were questioning seven passengers who landed in European Union member state Malta from Libya on board the two French-registered helicopters. The government sources said the helicopters left Libya without authorisation by the Libyan aviation authorities and that only one of the seven passengers -- who say they are French citizens -- had a passport. A French Foreign Ministry spokesman could not immediately confirm the information as it was still being verified.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evolv5 View Post
    Aren't some of the helicopters used by the Maltese Air Wing ex-Libyan?
    Maybe this was just a sales promotion for more.
    Yes, at least three Alouette IIIs were donated to the Air Wing by Libya.

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    Are those cluster bombs? If so that's ****ing disgusting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enallos View Post
    More pics...
    Dude,
    Great pics, as always.

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    Quote Originally Posted by happyslapper View Post
    Are those cluster bombs? If so that's ****ing disgusting.
    That's rockets pods, and yes it's quite ****ed up to use it against unarmed civilians.

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    I hope these pilots have secured their family members.

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    1 hour ago Two civilian helicopters, which landed without authorisation after leaving Libya, are seen at Malta International Airport outside Valletta February 21, 2011. Police were questioning seven passengers who landed in European Union member state Malta from Libya on board the two French-registered helicopters. The government sources said the helicopters left Libya without authorisation by the Libyan aviation authorities and that only one of the seven passengers -- who say they are French citizens -- had a passport. A French Foreign Ministry spokesman could not immediately confirm the information as it was still being verified.
    As you can see by the registrations F- and the Operators name HELI-UNION the Helicopters are actually french owned and are not all that rare visitors to malta.. they have been there before the unrest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by happyslapper View Post
    Are those cluster bombs? If so that's ****ing disgusting.
    I think its these ones:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ma..._SNEB_RPdotjpg

    Unguided rockets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chimera View Post
    I hope these pilots have secured their family members.
    Me too.

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    Taking a closer look at the configuration one can assume something quite disturbing. The Matra rocket pods are completely loaded with rockets (quite rare sight) and the aircraft sports no fuel tanks. For the later one can also assume that the FTs were dumped on the Med, en route to Malta. Or possibly the aircraft were only loaded with rockets and were going to be used against the revolution (i.e. a short trip with no need for extra fuel).

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