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Alouette III AS9211 at Luqa.
(photo: Pierre Gillard by courtesy of armedforcesofmalta.com)

Aerospatiale SA.316B Alouette III * Current *
Three LARAF SA.316B Alouette IIIs were left behind by the Libyans after their hasty departure in August 1980. Unfortunately, they had to be put into storage as the Libyans had taken with them all the log books and maintenance records of these machines. On 11 June 1991, the missing documents were formally handed over to Malta, and in 1992 the three Alouettes were then sent abroad for overhaul. Two more Alouttes were acquired from Royal Netherlands Air Force in 1996, although some references describe these as SE3160 variants. Used for Patrol, Search and Rescue and Medical Evacuation duties.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
AS9315 2288 LC-2288 1992 Initially serialled 9H-AAV.
AS9211 2295 LC-2295 1992 Initially serialled 9H-AAW.
AS9212 2315 LC-2315 1992 Initially serialled 9H-AAX.
AS9617 1209 A-209 1996 Initially serialled 9H-ADA. stored Sept 2004
AS9618 1399 A-399 1996 Initially serialled 9H-ADB.

References:

  • World Air Power Journal No.9
  • Worldmil(1988)
  • European Air Forces Directory 2001/02 (Mach III)


AB.47G-2 9H-AAF.
(photo: Estelle Calleja via armedforcesofmalta.com)

Agusta-Bell 47 * Current *
Three AB.47G-2 donated by West Germany (ex-HEER) and delivered in May 1972. Used for patrol and Search & Rescue duties. Overhauled at Bergamo, Italy 1975-mid 1976. Two of the AB.47s were put into storage from 1997 and then sold.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
AS7201 225 74+02 May 1972 Initially serialled 9H-AAE.
9H-AAF 260 75+18 May 1972 New serial AS7302 not worn. wfu 1999. To F-GLNY Dec 2000.
9H-AAG 262 74+20 May 1972 New serial AS7303 not worn. wfu 20 Nov 1997. Sold to UAE Feb 1998.

References:

  • World Air Power Journal No.9
  • European Air Forces Directory 2001/02 (Mach III)


AB.206A 9H-AAJ.
(photo: Peter Tonna via Roberto Benetti)

Agusta-Bell AB.206A * Retired *
One AB.206A donated by Libya and delivered on 4 June 1973. Used for Search & Rescue duties. Sold in November 1997.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
9H-AAJ 8185 8185 1973 Sold as G-DNCN. New serial AS7305 not worn.

References:

  • World Air Power Journal No.9
  • European Air Forces Directory 2001/02 (Mach III)


Bell 47G-2 * Retired *
One Bell 47G-2 donated by West Germany (ex-HEER) and delivered in May 1972. Used for patrol and Search & Rescue duties. Overhauled at Bergamo, Italy 1975-mid 1976.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
AS7204 1991 74+35 1972 Initially serialled 9H-AAH. stored Feb 2002

References:

  • World Air Power Journal No.9
  • European Air Forces Directory 2001/02 (Mach III)


Bulldog T.1 AS0023.
(photo: via armedforcesofmalta.com)

Scottish Aviation Bulldog T.1 * Current *
Four Bulldog T.1 obtained from the Royal Air Force and delivered in February 2000. A fifth RAF Bulldog T.1 was acquired in 2001. Used for training and patrol duties.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
AS0020 337 XX691 Feb 2000 Initially serialled 9H-ADQ. 'Hope'
AS0021 345 XX696 Feb 2000 Initially serialled 9H-ADR. 'Faith'
AS0022 358 XX709 Feb 2000 Initially serialled 9H-ADS. 'Desparation'
AS0023 363 XX714 Feb 2000 Initially serialled 9H-ADT. 'Charity'
AS0024 240 XX547 July 2001  

References:

  • World Air Power Journal No.9
  • European Air Forces Directory 2001/02 (Mach III)
  • European Air Forces Directory 2005/06 (Mach III)
  • Air Pictorial April 2002


NH.500M 9H-ABY.
(photo: R De Wit via Roberto Benetti)

Breda Nardi Hughes NH.500M * Retired *
Two NH.500M (Hughes 369HM) obtained from the Italian Guardia Di Finanza and delivered June 1992. Used for patrol/SAR duties.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
AS9213 620220M MM80848 1992 Initially serialled 9H-ABY. stored Sept 2004
AS9214 1220227M MM80854 1992 Initially serialled 9H-ABZ. stored Feb 2002

References:

  • World Air Power Journal No.9
  • European Air Forces Directory 2001/02 (Mach III)
  • European Air Forces Directory 2005/06 (Mach III)
  • Air Pictorial April 2002


Islander AS9516 with radar nose.
(photo: Flight Sgt. Larry Spiteri via armedforcesofmalta.com)

PBN BN.2B-26 Islander * Current *
One BN.2B-26 Islander acquired second-hand from the civil market and delivered in December 1995. Later modified with a larger nose to house a search radar. A second example, (a BN-2T), was brought at the end of 1997 and modified to BN-2B-26 standard by PBN before being delivered in 1998. No radar is fitted on the second aircraft. Used for patrolling the fishing zone, monitoring pollution, and anti-smuggling and airborne policing duties.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
AS9516 2159   1995 Initially serialled 9H-ACU.
AS9819 2156 G-LIPP 1998 Initially serialled 9H-ADF.

References:

  • World Air Power Journal No.9
  • European Air Forces Directory 2001/02 (Mach III)
  • Air Pictorial April 2002
  • World Air Power Journal No.37 p.5


Cessna O-1E 9H-ACA.
(photo: Roberto Benetti)

Cessna O-1E Birddog * Retired *
Five O-1E (L-19E) acquired from the Italian Army via the USA, and delivered from 4 February 1992. Used for coastal patrol, SAR and pilot training duties. Withdrawn from service in May 2000 and sold in the USA to civilian owners.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
AS9206 0018 MM61-2972 1992 Initially serialled 9H-ACA. Sold as N619SB Jan 2001.
AS9207 0029 MM61-2983 1992 Initially serialled 9H-ACB. w/o 5 May 1993. Spares recovery. To Ta'Qali Museum Oct 2001
AS9208 0032 MM61-2986 1992 Initially serialled 9H-ACC. Sold as N320DA Jan 2001.
AS9209 0038 MM61-2990 1992 Initially serialled 9H-ACD. Sold as N119AJ Jan 2001.
AS9210 0035 MM61-12281 1992 Initially serialled 9H-ACE. Sold as N119LH Jan 2001.

References:

  • World Air Power Journal No.9
  • World Air Power Journal No.10 p.18
  • European Air Forces Directory 2001/02 (Mach III)
  • Air Pictorial April 2002


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