Collections: Malta's Work in Progress
- By Tom Huntington
- Air & Space magazine, May 2000
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Both the C-47 and Beechcraft 18S started their careers with the U.S. Air Force, and both ended up facing destruction when they were purchased by a fire and safety school. The foundation talked the owners into swapping the aircraft for four big containers that served firefighting education just as well. Another Maltese aircraft that wasn’t spared an encounter with fire was a Constellation that once served as a restaurant. Arsonists torched it in 1997. Its engines and propellers sit in a lot next to the museum.
Visitors should also check out the small War Museum, housed in Fort St. Elmo in Valletta. Its most famous relic is the fuselage of Faith, the sole survivor of three Gloster Sea Gladiators that provided the island’s only defense against the first attacks by the Italian air force. (The other two, naturally, were Hope and Charity.) But Polidano has hopes to get the famous biplane moved to his museum. “We’ve obtained two sets of incomplete wings for her,” he says. Faith would then join the Spitfire and Hurricane in an Air Battle of Malta Memorial. The Malta Aviation Museum may be small, but it has big plans.