Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Libyan Mirages roar back into the sky, head back home

The two Libyan Mirage F.1 fighter jets ('502' and '508') which were flown to Malta by defecting pilots a year ago, roared back into the air just after noon today and and headed back home. The planes arrived in Malta unexpectedly a year ago yesterday, when their pilots Col. A. al-Rabti and Col. A. al-Salheen, defected to Malta after refusing to bomb fellow Libyans in Benghazi. The two pilots were given protection in Malta for the duration of the Libyan uprising. The two pilots were back at the controls this morning. They acknowledged Malta's assistance with a low-level flypast before finally heading south. The planes were due to fly back yesterday, on the anniversary of the defection, but they were grounded by bad weather over Malta and Libya. (Source: