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Adjacent to the Vampire and Sea Hawk are a few odds and ends, like this UH-1.
Home-built and powered by a VW Beetle engine.
First flown by the US Air Force in 1944, this C-47 dominates the small hanger, and lends an eerie aesthetic to the space.
It's awaiting restoration. One of its restored sisters is in another hangar.
Pieces of several aircraft, also awaiting restoration.
Probably not too hard to put back together, right? Sort of like Ikea furniture?
This whole area had parts big and small, including electronics, engines pieces, even an old typewriter.
The main hangar houses the big aircraft.
The museum's goal is to fully restore it to passenger airliner spec.
The sides are cut away, so you can see the many cables and linkages required to operate the aircraft.
Just the nose and cockpit of the EE Lightning, though. In the foreground is a cutaway example of the Rolls Royce Avon that would have powered it. This example was used in Malta for instructional purposes.
This one is going to be restored and painted to match the squadron of one of the museum's biggest benefactors (who was stationed on Malta when the RAF was here).
This Gloster Meteor is the NF.14 night fighter variant.
It's easy to tell the NF.14s because of their extra-long nose.
Though stripped out, this Huey has had a long, interesting life. It served in Vietnam, the first Gulf War, and Alabama's Air National Guard. And then it became rather famous...
The last hangar commemorates the Air Battle of Malta with a Spitfire and a Hurricane, both with ties to Malta.
It was then stationed in Sicily and the Italian mainland before coming back to Malta in 1945.
It briefly flew off the carrier HMS Ark Royal. Before dawn on July 4, 1941, after what is assumed to have been an engine fire, it crashed at night. The plane, and sadly, the pilot, Sgt. Thomas Hackston, were lost at sea.
50 years later, the plane was found by a diver. Sgt. Hackston's sisters were still alive and were glad to learn the fate of their beloved brother. The aircraft was recovered from the sea and painstakingly restored.
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