Libya - Air Force Dassault Mirage F1 502
HEADLINES (discontinued) Two Libyan fighter pilots escape to Malta in Mirage F1 jets
HEADLINES (discontinued) Libyan pilots rejoining Libya's air force
HEADLINES (discontinued) Mirage returned by Malta crashes in Libya
Liam Paul McBride
Image ID: 123005
Operator: Libya - Air Force - 502
Aircraft: Dassault - Mirage F1
Airport: Malta - Malta Intl (MLA / LMML)
Category: Main database
Photo taken on 2011-2-21 by Ray Abela [Contact]
Camera setting: Canon EOS 50D, 1/500s, f/5.6 at 275mm ISO 200
(21.2.2011, 20:16 CET)
Two Libyan Air Force Mirage jet fighters unexpectedly flew to Malta this afternoon with their pilots claiming they escaped to Malta after having been ordered to bomb protesters who have taken control of the second city of Benghazi. The pilots told the Maltese authorities that they left from a base near Tripoli. They are being questioned by the police. The pilots initially asked for emergency clearance to land and for refueling.
1 Liam Paul McBride
(21 February 2011 - 21:00 CET)
Superb piece of history to catch there Ray. I was watching the news and thinking "i wonder if anyone will be lucky enough to have caught those". Well caught and very rare images to own.
2 Marcus Berry
(21 February 2011 - 21:34 CET)
Hi Ray,Very good image of a unique moment in time! Wonderful shot mate!!!