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
Daniel T Jones
Image ID: 123028
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, 1/80s, f/5.6 at 400mm ISO 200
(21.2.2011, 21:28 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.
(22 February 2011 - 00:30 CET)
Great photojournalism. I hope you can make some money with these!
2 Charles Kaiser
(22 February 2011 - 04:34 CET)
Well, they are certainly armed to attack soft targets on the ground. Each plane is carrying 2 36 round rocket launch pods. The Mirage F1 also has twin 30mm cannon with 125 rounds per barrel that can be used to engage ground targets.
(22 February 2011 - 07:29 CET)
Judging from the gear, the plane seems to be in mint condition.
4 Emanuel Linert
(22 February 2011 - 17:26 CET)
God bless this two pilots for their charity, not to attack the people!
5 Trevor Reoch
(22 February 2011 - 20:59 CET)
Do you think the two men in blue had any idea what was hanging from the wing?
6 Marcus Berry
(22 February 2011 - 23:23 CET)
I don't think they are conversant with that stuff. Otherwise he would have a different look on his face!
7 John Powell
(23 February 2011 - 00:36 CET)
Don't think I'd stand there! ....Nice work Ray.
8 sunshine band
(23 February 2011 - 10:29 CET)
Nice one! Right time, right place.
9 Trevor Reoch
(25 February 2011 - 14:11 CET)
This must be an EYECATCHER, certainly caught my eye, possibly for the wrong reasons !