The Malta International Airshow 2012 takes place this weekend 29th and 30th September. Six countries shall participate namely, Malta, United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, United States & Qatar for the first ever time, NATO will also be participating.
Old Flying Machine Company's Spitfire Mk.IXB (MH434/ZD-B) was the first aircraft to arrive. It has arrived yesterday after a long journey all the way from the U.K., with various stops along its route. This is the most famous aircraft operated by the Royal Air Force in WWII and there are only a few remaining flying examples of this aircraft in the whole world.
The Malta Aviation Society succeeded in attracting the Spitfire as part of the celebrations marking 70 years from Malta becoming ‘The George Cross Island’ and the aircraft will be flown during the airshow by the world-renowned Paul Bohomme who besides flying Jumbo Jets is also twice winner of a the world’s fastest air race. The Spitfire will be hangered in one of the Air Wing’s hangers of the Armed Forces of Malta.
The RAF Red Arrows will be the Aerobatic Team this year at the event, it will be the seventh time that the Red Arrows participate in the airshow. Before their dislplay the Red Arrows and the Spitfire shall do a joint flypast with the Spitfire leading the formation, a flypast that will be a first in Malta's skies.
Air Malta will be a very important participant at this year's airshow. The airline has kindly agreed to have the first Airbus 320 in the brand-new colours fly directly from the paint shop straight to the airshow grounds. KM070, with registration 9H-AEN will fly in on Saturday at 1330LT, the flight number having been chosen to commemorate 70 years of the George Cross Medal to Malta. After a brief flyby, the jet will land and park for the airshow public to see from close range. Air Malta's pilots will stand by the jet to answer questions from the visiting public.
Other Aerial displays include the RAF Hawk, RAF Tucano, RAF King Air, the AFM Alouette III Helicopter, the Italian Military Mission in Malta AB-212 SAR display. From the civilian side we also have an Extra 200 from Diamond Aviation and also a Learjet 60 from Eurojet.
On Friday, Park 4 at Malta IAP co-organisers of the event, will become full to the brim with many other participating aircraft coming from six different nations. The Red Arrows will arrive in the afternoon from Spain and will fly on both days, bringing the Malta International Airshow 2012 to a close.