Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Italian AF donates Texan T6G trainer to Malta Aviation Museum

The Italian Air Force has donated a North American, Texan T6G trainer aircraft to the Malta Aviation Museum. The Texan T6G was a two-seat trainer used during WWII to train pilots, mostly in the United States and Canada. 

The aircraft donated to the Malta Aviation Museum was one of several hundred handed over by the United States to friendly nations during 1952-1953 to help them rebuild their air forces. After serving with at least two Italian Air Force flying schools the aircraft was retired and placed in storage.  

Aircraft engineers from the Aviation Museum, led by David Polidano, travelled to Forli to dismantle the aircraft and load it on a trailer for shipment to Ta’Qali. The aircraft finally ‘landed’ at Ta’Qali last Saturday and will be reassembled for display.

The museum said the donation was made possible by Col L. Mariz, Commanding Officer of the Italian Military Mission Malta, Maj M. Lumia, ex Brig (rtd) M. Xuereb, Col M. Said AFM and Warrant Officer O. Bennett AFM. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 22-Sep-2014)