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    Gudja/Luqa, Gudja/Luqa



    Satellite and aerial maps of Luqa with nearby locations

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    4.4156 Hal Far, Birzebbuga
    5.5025MTMLA Grand Harbour / il-Port il-Kbir / Valletta, Valletta
    5.9000 Marsamxett Harbour, Centrali
    7.5074 Zonqor Point, South East
    8.3307MTTAQ Ta Kali, Centrali
    8.7356 St George's Barracks, Sliema

    1939 to present

    35° 50' 59'' N - 14° 29' 40'' E
    1nm SW of Valletta
    Elevation: 300 feet

    History of this Location

    A hilly site to the southwest of Valetta was selected in 1935 as an alternate to existing island facilites with poor weather records. By 1937 the site had been levelled and construction of 4 runways was under way. The first aircraft landed in Jun 1939 and RAF Luqa was established on 1 Apr 1940. The base was important for the wartime survival of Malta and as vital strategic support for domination of the Mediterranean between North Africa and Sicily. From 1943 as the Allies gained command of the sea routes, RAF Luqa became a reconnaisance base and a major staging post. The base played a key role in support of Suez Canal operations in 1956, as a bomber base for Valiant and Canberra and as a shore base for 845 Squadron's airborne assault Whirlwinds.
    Malta became independent from the UK on 21 Sep 1964. A 10 year defence agreement had been signed but NATO forces were expelled in 1971 and the UK was ordered to leave after a change of government. The British negotiated an extension until 1979. In the meantime, the Maltese Government had recognised the potential for economic growth through tourism and in May 1972 a major extension programme was started at Luqa, resulting in a lengthening of the main (32/14) runway, which didn't complete until 1977.
    Air Malta was set up at Luqa in 1973 and by 1978 had expanded into an ex-RAF hangar - in the same year Med-Avia was also established here. The British forces formally withdrew on 31 Mar 1979 and the Armed Forces of Malta Helicopter Flight (now the AFM Air Squadron) took over some ex-RAF facilities. Improvements have continued. In 1992 a new civil air terminal was opened and in April 2002, a new monopulse SSR radar head supplemented the existing equipment.

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    List of units at Luqa

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    YearsRotary Wing Aircraft Unitbold : Current Model
    normal: Unit no longer at this base
    2011/16IT MICCDAB212 2011/16
    1988/11IT MIATMAB212 1988/11
    1979/    air squadronAlouette III 1978/   
    AB206 1973/99
    AB47 1972/   


    31-oct-7131-oct-71RAF Luqa tornado

    List of aircraft and events at Luqa

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    1971-oct-31 Damaged845 NAS HU.5 XS514
    1971-oct-31 Damaged845 NAS HU.5 XS480
    1971-oct-31 Damaged845 NAS /F-B HU.5 XS483
    1971-oct-31 Damaged845 NAS HU.5 XT451
    1971-oct-31 Damaged845 NAS HU.5 XT454
    1971-oct-31 Damaged845 NAS HU.5 XT456
    1971-oct-31 Damaged845 NAS HU.5 XT465
    1971-oct-31 Damaged845 NAS HU.5 XT763
    1972-mar Visiting829 NAS /427 Wasp XT794
    1975-jan-30 SAR coverAl Quwwat al-Jawwiya al-Libiyya SA321M Super Frelon LC-155
    1975-jan-30 SAR coverAl Quwwat al-Jawwiya al-Libiyya SA321M Super Frelon LC-158
    1975-nov-21 AVES CH-47C MM80829
    1978-nov-17 Al Quwwat al-Jawwiya al-Libiyya CH-47C LC-011
    1980-mar-03 SAR coverAl Quwwat al-Jawwiya al-Libiyya SA321M Super Frelon LC-157
    1984-jan-05 S-76A F-GDHU
    1987-mar-27 AB47G-2 9H-AAG
    1987-apr-03 AS-61R MM80985 / 15-14
    1989-dec-01 USMC CH-53E 161988 / HC-541
    1989-dec-04 CH-53E 161539 / HC-539
    1990-mar-06 AB47 9H-AAF
    1991-feb-02 AB47 9H-AAF
    1992-feb-04 AB212 MM81119 / EI-403
    1992-jun-06 NH500M MM80848 / GdiF-49
    1992-jul-22 Forzi Armati ta' Malta NH500M 9H-ABY
    1993-apr-25 AB47 9H-AAF
    1993-jun-08 HC.4 ZD480 / VP
    1994-aug-01 HAS.1 XV649 / R-84
    1995-apr-20 HAS.2 XZ571 / L-014
    1995-oct-14 AB47 9H-AAF
    1997-may-01 AB47 9H-AAF
    1997-sep-01 AB212 MM81212 / 9-18
    1999-feb-08 MI-8T KAZAN LZ-CAL
    2000-apr-10 HAS.1 XV674 / L-015
    2000-jul-12 AS-61R MM80986 / 15-15
    2000-sep-01 AB412HP MM81465 / GdiF-213
    2000-sep-22 ASH-3H MM81186 / 6-35
    2000-sep-25 AS-61R MM81344 / 15-32
    2001-mar-15 CH-46D 153395
    2001-sep-24 AB412HP MM81443 / GdiF-201
    2001-nov-14 CH-47C ZD984
    2001-nov-14 RAF CH-47D ZD984
    2002-jan-29 CH-124 12405
    2002-mar-11 ASH-3H MM81112 / 6-27
    2002-mar-25 CH-46A 152539
    2002-jun-01 AB47 AS7201
    2002-jun-06 AS-61R MM81342 / 15-30
    2002-jun-11 USN MH-53E 162504 / HC-40
    2002-sep-26 HAS.1 XV674 / L-015
    2002-sep-27 Sirio /E.I.406 AB212 MM81122
    2002-sep-28 AB212 MM81207
    2002-sep-28 AB412HP MM81442 / GdiF-205
    2002-sep-28 AS-61R MM80992 / 15-23
    2002-sep-28 AS565SA 511
    2002-sep-28 ASH-3H MM81116 / 6-31
    2002-sep-30 Sirio /E.I.406 AB212 MM81122
    2003-jan-25 HAS.2 XZ721 / LP-332
    2003-may-08 CH-46F 157678
    2003-may-30 USCG HH-65 6590
    2003-jun-17 HAS.2 XZ245 / SU-422
    2003-aug-14 USN MH-53E 162504
    2003-sep 3 gruppo elicotteri /6-24 ASH-3D MM5025N
    2003-sep-26 A109A I-REDV
    2003-sep-27 AB212 MM81207
    2003-oct-04 Helisureste 412EP EC-HFD
    2003-oct-10 AS332L G-BLRY
    2004-feb-27 HC.3 ZJ120 / D
    2004-mar-04 CH-46F 155304
    2004-apr-21 HH-65 6509
    2004-apr-29 dedalus elieolie AS350B2 I-AMSH
    2004-may-14 AB47 AS7201
    2004-jun-06 AB412SP I-CGCL
    2004-jun-18 ASH-3H MM81116 / 6-31
    2004-jun-26 HH-60H 163795
    2004-jun-26 SH-60F 164613 / AA-612
    2004-jun-30 SH-60F 164614 / AA-614
    2004-jul-14 SH-60B 165108
    2004-aug-25 A109E N109AB
    2004-sep-24 AB212 PS-105
    2004-sep-24 AB412HP MM81507 / GdiF-219
    2004-sep-24 ASH-3D MM5021N / 6-20
    2004-sep-25 MIATM AB212ICO MM81158
    2004-sep-25 CH-47C ZA704
    2004-sep-25 RAF CH-47D ZA704
    2004-sep-26 RAF CH-47D ZH895
    2004-oct-05 HC.3 ZJ135 / T
    2004-oct-21 HAS.2 XZ239 / 425
    2005-jan-13 AB212 MM81207
    2005-feb-07 AB412SP I-CGCL
    2005-mar-10 HAS.2 XZ736 / 365
    2005-mar-13 AB47 AS7201
    2005-mar-17 Elilario Italia AS365N3 I-LOBE
    2005-apr-23 AMI AB212ICO MM81150
    2005-may-02 HAS.2 XZ698
    2005-may-02 S-70B-2 N24-012 / 881
    2005-jun-06 Helisureste 412EP EC-HFD
    2005-jul-14 AS365N3 I-DAMS
    2005-sep-11 412EP EC-JJQ
    2005-sep-23 A109A MM80745 / PS-45
    2005-sep-24 2005 Malta Air ShowGuardia di Finanza AB412HP MM81507
    2005-sep-24 ASH-3H MM81186 / 6-35
    2005-sep-24 2005 Malta AIr Showair squadron SA316B AS9315
    2005-sep-26 AB412HP MM81507 / GdiF-219
    2005-oct-16 EC135T1 P4-XTC
    2005-nov-11 HAS.2 XZ720 / 407
    2005-nov-21 HM.1 ZH836 / CU-268
    2005-nov-21 HM.1 ZH855 / CU-267
    2005-nov-21 HM.1 ZH856 / 266
    2005-nov-23 HAS.5 ZE418 / R-186
    2005-nov-29 AB412 I-AGSF
    2006-feb-21 SH-2G 3543
    2006-mar-20 AS565SA 522
    2006-mar-28 AMI AB212ICO MM81150
    2006-apr-05 AB47 AS7201
    2006-may-29 AB412HP MM81443 / GdiF-201
    2006-jun-09 AS-61R MM80986 / 15-15
    2006-jun-16 AB212ASW MM81081 / 7-36
    2006-sep-23 AB212 MM81207
    2006-sep-23 AB412HP MM81443 / GdiF-201
    2006-sep-30 HAS.2 XZ697
    2007-mar-17 AB412HP MM81445 / GdiF-203
    2007-apr-15 HC.3 ZJ129 / N
    2007-apr-15 HC.3 ZJ135 / T
    2007-apr-15 HC.3 ZJ137 / W
    2007-may-10 AB212ICO MM81162
    2007-may-25 AB212ICO MM81154
    2007-jun-26 AS332L D-HEGO
    2007-aug-18 CH-46D 153368 / EM-01
    2007-aug-29 AS332L G-BMCX
    2007-sep-19 AB412HP MM81443 / GdiF-201
    2007-sep-21 Guardia Costiera AB412HP MM81473 / 9-05
    2007-sep-22 AB212ICO MM81145
    2007-sep-23 9° Stormo AB212ICO MM81145
    2007-oct-06 Bundespolizei AS332L D-HEGP
    2007-oct-25 AB412SP I-CGCL
    2007-dec-14 AB212 MM81144
    2007-dec-31 S61N.MK2 G-BGWK
    2008-jan-01 S61N.MK2 G-BGWK
    2008-feb-26 HM.1 ZH835
    2008-feb-26 HM.1 ZH861 / 67
    2008-may-21 Bundespolizei AS332L D-HEGP
    2008-may-21 HM.1 ZH839 / 266
    2008-may-21 HM.1 ZH864 / 268
    2008-may-30 AS-61R MM80986 / 15-15
    2008-jun-06 AB212ASW MM81078 / 7-33
    2008-jun-06 ASH-3H MM81185 / 6-34
    2008-jun-16 AB212EW TCB-45
    2008-jul-30 EC225LP G-ZZSO
    2008-aug-19 AS332L G-BMCX
    2008-sep-17 AS332L D-HEGO
    2008-sep-26 AB212 MM81144
    2008-sep-27 S-76A EZ-S704
    2008-oct-22 A109E ?
    2008-dec-03 AB412SP I-CGCL
    2008-dec-12 Elilario Italia AW139 I-COLK
    2009-feb-05 AS332L G-BMCX
    2009-mar-27 Elilario Italia AW139 I-COLK
    2009-mar-31 ASTRO G-DCSE
    2009-apr-12 SA319B 106
    2009-apr-12 SA342M 3849 / BPR
    2009-may-21 AW139 A7-GHD
    2009-jun-05 SA316B M-2 / OT-ZPB
    2009-jun-06 NHV AS365N3 OO-NHU
    2009-aug-18 AS332L D-HEGS
    2009-aug-30 Bundespolizei AS332L D-HEGT
    2009-sep-26 AB212ICO MM81145
    2009-sep-26 ASTRO G-DCSE
    2009-sep-26 MH-60S ?
    2009-oct-03 AW139 I-RAIU
    2009-oct-09 RN HM.1 ZH852
    2009-oct-09 HM.1 ZH852 / CU-69
    2009-oct-11 AS332L G-TIGJ
    2009-nov-22 AB212ASW MM81081 / 7-36
    2009-dec-18 S-92A N465VL
    2010-feb-15 AS332L G-TIGV
    2010-feb-18 MH-60S ?
    2010-jun-12 AB212ASW MM80950 / 7-19 Embarked on NMM
    2010-jul-14 AMI AB212ICO MM81153
    2010-jul-19 HAS.3S ZF563 / 348
    2010-sep-07 SA365N 3A-MCM
    2010-sep-24 AB47 AS7201
    2010-sep-26 AB212ICO MM81154
    2010-oct-14 AB212ICO MM81214
    2010-nov-10 AS332L G-BMCX
    2010-dec-03 MK25 265
    2011-feb-25 CH-47D ZH776
    2011-mar-01 AB212ICO MM81214 / 14
    2011-mar-01 HAS.3 ZD566
    2011-mar-02 CH-47D ZA684 / BB
    2011-mar-05 HM.1 ZH840
    2011-mar-09 AS332L G-TIGV
    2011-mar-09 RAF CH-47D ZA679 / AG
    2011-mar-14 HM.1 ZH841 / 502
    2011-mar-17 HAS.2 XZ729 / 417
    2011-mar-29 SA330B 1375 / AM
    2011-apr-28 412EP EC-KMU
    2011-apr-29 AS532UL 2461
    2011-apr-29 EC725R2 2552 / SE
    2011-may-06 HC.4 ZF120 / Z
    2011-may-21 S-70B-1 ?
    2011-jun-11 HAS.2 XZ731 / 332
    2011-jun-22 AH1 XZ653
    2011-jul-02 SA365C 3A-MJP
    2011-jul-11 CH-124 12424
    2011-jul-26 HAS.2 XZ698 / 348
    2011-aug-01 SA365F1 313 / 4-BG
    2011-aug-10 MK88A 8319
    2011-aug-14 Qatar Emiri Air Force AW139M ?
    2011-aug-14 Commando QA33
    2011-aug-21 AS350B3 I-RVAL
    2011-aug-27 300CBI G-CGGI
    2011-aug-27 HAS.5 ZE418 / 186
    2011-sep-03 CH-53E 164366 / EG-24
    2011-sep-12 EC725R2 2770 / SG
    2011-sep-14 HAS.2 XZ731 / 332
    2011-sep-17 S-70B-1 HS23-01 / 01-1001
    2011-sep-24 AB212ICO MM81154
    2011-sep-24 AB212ICO MM81148
    2011-sep-24 MH-60S 165778 / BR-53
    2011-sep-25 Guardia di Finanza AW139 MM81750
    2011-oct-14 CH-53E ?
    2011-dec-18 AB212 MM81207
    2012-apr-21 AS355F1 I-MIAH
    2012-jul-20 RNLAF AS532U2 S-447
    2012-aug-20 UTair Aviation MI-26 RA-06045
    2012-aug-22 Аэрофлот MI-8MTV-1 RA-22981
    2012-sep-18 INAER Italia AW139 EC-KJT
    2012-sep-21 S-92A N992SK
    2012-sep-30 AMI AB212ICO MM81147
    2012-sep-30 Al Quwwat al-Jawwiya al-Libiyya CH-47C LC-010
    2012-nov-01 HC.4 ZE427
    2013-jun-04 MV-22B 168225
    2013-jun-17 AMI AW139M MM81796 / 15-40
    2013-oct-30 AMI AB212ICO MM81158
    2014-mar-01 RN HAS.3S ZF562
    2014-mar-06 INAER Italia AW139 I-AVCS
    2014-mar-21 CHC Scotia AW139 G-LLOV
    2014-apr-01 CHC Scotia AW139 G-FTOM
    2014-may-27 INAER Italia AW139 EC-KJT
    2014-jun-13 CHC Cayman Islands AW139 VP-CHF
    2014-jun-14 AW139M AS1428
    2014-jun-15 CHC Cayman Islands AW139 VP-CHJ
    2014-jul-19 AW139M AS1428
    2014-aug-18 Marine Luchtvaartdienst NFH N-316
    2014-aug-30 Marine Luchtvaartdienst NFH N-233
    2014-sep-26 Guardia Costiera AW139 MM81749
    2014-oct-17 EC155B1 VP-CFF
    2014-oct-19 Gulf Helicopters AW189 A7-GAA
    2014-oct-30 Gulf Helicopters AW189 A7-GAB
    2014-dec-18 Forzi Armati ta' Malta AW139M AS1429 / I-EASI
    2015-jan-02 Marine Luchtvaartdienst NFH N-277
    2015-jan-25 Gulf Helicopters AW189 A7-GAA
    2015-jan-26 Forzi Armati ta' Malta AW139M AS1429
    2015-mar-18 407GX N407MS
    2015-apr-01 Forzi Armati ta' Malta AW139M AS1429
    2015-apr-20 Guardia Costiera AW139 MM81741
    2015-may-18 Marine Luchtvaartdienst NFH N-277
    2015-may-23 Gulf Helicopters AW189 A7-GAB
    2015-jun-09 E+S Air SRL AS350B2 I-AMSH
    2015-jul-18 Marine Luchtvaartdienst NFH N-318
    2015-sep-25 AW149 CSX81890 / 2
    2015-sep-26 AMI AB212ICO MM81163
    2015-sep-26 RN HM.1 ZH857
    2015-oct-21 AMI AB212ICO MM81163
    2015-dec-13 RN HAS.3S ZF562
    2015-dec-23 EC145 G-SRNE
    2016-jan-19 Gulf Helicopters AW189 A7-GAA
    2016-mar-09 Forzi Armati ta' Malta AW139M AS1429
    2016-apr-07 Swiss Jet AG AW139 HB-ZQK
    2016-may-01 AB212ASW HA.18-7
    2016-jun-09 Gulf Helicopters AW189 A7-GAC
    2016-jun-11 EC145 N745AF
    2016-jun-11 Marina Militare Italiana MK110 MM81482
    2016-jul-26 Gulf Helicopters AW189 A7-GAC
    2016-jul-28 Marine Luchtvaartdienst NFH N-319
    2016-sep-10 Gulf Helicopters AW189 A7-GAB
    2016-sep-23 MICCD AB212 MM81212
    2016-oct Gulf Helicopters AW189 A7-GAA
    2016-oct-14 RN HAS.3S ZF562
    2017-apr Gulf Helicopters AW189 A7-GAA
    2017-apr-15 Gulf Helicopters AW189 A7-GAB
    2017-sep-24 Guardia di Finanza AW139 MM81750
    2017-nov-08 Forzi Armati ta' Malta AW139M AS1429
    2017-dec-15 INAER Italia AW139 I-AVCS
    2018-jan-10 Forzi Armati ta' Malta AW139M AS1429
    2018-jan-24 Gulf Helicopters AW189 A7-GAB
    2018-apr-20 RNLAF AS532U2 S-447
    2018-oct-23 Gulf Helicopters AW189 A7-GAB
    2018-nov-02 Gulf Helicopters AW189 A7-GAD
    2018-nov-30 Gulf Helicopters AW139 A7-GHP
    2019-feb-09 Gulf Helicopters AW189 A7-GAB
    2019-dec-06 AMI AW139M MM81824
    2020-feb-12 Helicap EC135T1 F-GMHE
    2020-feb-12 VGH Gozo Air Ambulance EC135T1 9H-EMS
    2021-may-27 Forzi Armati ta' Malta AW139M AS1429
    2022-apr-28 Marina Militare Italiana MK110 MM81484

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