The Foundation – Malta Aviation Museum is celebrating its 25th anniversary since being established. To mark this occasion a weekend of activities were held at the Aviation Museum in Ta’ Qali .
A weekend of activities at the Ta ‘Qali Aviation museum to mark the 25th anniversary since the setting up of this museum was held withthe participation of the Malta Command – WW2 Living History Group and RAF Living History Group who put up performances and held discussions.
There were also presentations and discussions on topics related to aviation history, including the archeology of aviation of the islands, and the role of women during the Second World War. Aviation Museum director Ray Polidano said that this was a celebration of synergy between various organizations.
“We are celebrating the 25th anniversary since a number of associations formed the foundation. We are all aircraft enthusiasts and we had to compete with other countries. We didn’t have an Aviation museum and finally have one. We used each association’s expertise: some make plastics SSM models, some carry out restoration work, and together we have set up this museum and have been together for the last 25 years. ”
Among other things, the Aviation Museum has the original aircraft including the Hurricane and Spitfire in the section dedicated to the Second World War, as well as various planes associated with the history of Malta, including models that were used by the Armed Forces Malta.
Mr Polidano described the Ta’ Qali Aviation Museum as another attraction which sees many visitors – from children to war veterans – throughout the year.
“Last week we had a visit from Peter Hartley’s daughter. Hartley was a Gladiator pilot of Faith, Hope and Charity who fell into the sea and was burned, but made a recovery in Cornwall, England where he met his future wife and went on to live happily ever after. To some extent the war led to him getting married and his daughter came to see where her father served.”
Among the organisations which put up performances as part of these activities there were several including the Old Motors Club, Military Vehicles Collectors Club, Malta Model Aircraft Flying Association, Malta Aviation Society, Society of Scale Modellers, Hal Far Model Flying Association, and Historic Motorcycle Club.