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    Gudja/Luqa, Gudja/Luqa



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    4.4156 Hal Far, Birzebbuga
    5.5025 Grand Harbour / il-Port il-Kbir / Valletta, Valletta
    5.9000 Marsamxett Harbour, Centrali
    7.5074 Zonqor Point, South East
    8.3307 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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    300CBIG-CGGI 27aug11
    407GXN407MS 18mar15
    412EPEC-HFD 04oct03 06jun05
    412EPEC-JJQ 11sep05
    412EPEC-KMU 28apr11
    A109AI-REDV 26sep03
    A109AMM80745 / PS-45 23sep05
    A109E? 22oct08
    A109EN109AB 25aug04
    AB212MM81119 / EI-403 04feb92
    AB212MM81122 27sep02 30sep02
    AB212MM81144 14dec07 26sep08
    AB212MM81207 28sep02 27sep03 13jan05 23sep06 18dec11
    AB212MM81212 23sep16
    AB212MM81212 / 9-18 01sep97
    AB212PS-105 24sep04
    AB212ASWHA.18-7 01may16
    AB212ASWMM80950 / 7-19 Embarked on NMM 12jun10
    AB212ASWMM81078 / 7-33 06jun08
    AB212ASWMM81081 / 7-36 16jun06 22nov09
    AB212EWTCB-45 16jun08
    AB212ICOMM81145 22sep07 23sep07 26sep09
    AB212ICOMM81147 30sep12
    AB212ICOMM81148 24sep11
    AB212ICOMM81150 23apr05 28mar06
    AB212ICOMM81153 14jul10
    AB212ICOMM81154 25may07 26sep10 24sep11
    AB212ICOMM81158 25sep04 30oct13
    AB212ICOMM81162 10may07
    AB212ICOMM81163 26sep15 21oct15
    AB212ICOMM81214 14oct10
    AB212ICOMM81214 / 14 01mar11
    AB412I-AGSF 29nov05
    AB412HPMM81442 / GdiF-205 28sep02
    AB412HPMM81443 / GdiF-201 24sep01 29may06 23sep06 19sep07
    AB412HPMM81445 / GdiF-203 17mar07
    AB412HPMM81465 / GdiF-213 01sep00
    AB412HPMM81473 / 9-05 21sep07
    AB412HPMM81507 24sep05
    AB412HPMM81507 / GdiF-219 24sep04 26sep05
    AB412SPI-CGCL 06jun04 07feb05 25oct07 03dec08
    AB479H-AAF 06mar90 02feb91 25apr93 14oct95 01may97
    AB47AS7201 01jun02 14may04 13mar05 05apr06 24sep10
    AB47G-29H-AAG 27mar87
    AH1XZ653 22jun11
    AS-61RMM80985 / 15-14 03apr87
    AS-61RMM80986 / 15-15 12jul00 09jun06 30may08
    AS-61RMM80992 / 15-23 28sep02
    AS-61RMM81342 / 15-30 06jun02
    AS-61RMM81344 / 15-32 25sep00
    AS332LD-HEGO 26jun07 17sep08
    AS332LD-HEGP 06oct07 21may08
    AS332LD-HEGS 18aug09
    AS332LD-HEGT 30aug09
    AS332LG-BLRY 10oct03
    AS332LG-BMCX 29aug07 19aug08 05feb09 10nov10
    AS332LG-TIGJ 11oct09
    AS332LG-TIGV 15feb10 09mar11
    AS350B2I-AMSH 29apr04 09jun15
    AS350B3I-RVAL 21aug11
    AS355F1I-MIAH 21apr12
    AS365N3I-DAMS 14jul05
    AS365N3I-LOBE 17mar05
    AS365N3OO-NHU 06jun09
    AS532UL2461 29apr11
    AS565SA511 28sep02
    AS565SA522 20mar06
    ASH-3DMM5021N / 6-20 24sep04
    ASH-3DMM5025N sep03
    ASH-3HMM81112 / 6-27 11mar02
    ASH-3HMM81116 / 6-31 28sep02 18jun04
    ASH-3HMM81185 / 6-34 06jun08
    ASH-3HMM81186 / 6-35 22sep00 24sep05
    ASTROG-DCSE 31mar09 26sep09
    AW139A7-GHD 21may09
    AW139A7-GHP 30nov18
    AW139EC-KJT 18sep12 27may14
    AW139G-FTOM 01apr14
    AW139G-LLOV 21mar14
    AW139HB-ZQK 07apr16
    AW139I-AVCS 06mar14
    AW139I-COLK 12dec08 27mar09
    AW139I-RAIU 03oct09
    AW139MM81741 20apr15
    AW139MM81749 26sep14
    AW139MM81750 25sep11 24sep17
    AW139VP-CHF 13jun14
    AW139VP-CHJ 15jun14
    AW139MAS1428 14jun14 19jul14
    AW139MMM81796 / 15-40 17jun13
    AW139MMM81824 06dec19
    AW149CSX81890 / 2 25sep15
    AW189A7-GAA 19oct14 25jan15 19jan16 oct16 apr17
    AW189A7-GAB 30oct14 23may15 10sep16 15apr17 24jan18 23oct18 09feb19
    AW189A7-GAC 09jun16 26jul16
    AW189A7-GAD 02nov18
    CH-12412405 29jan02
    CH-12412424 11jul11
    CH-46A152539 25mar02
    CH-46D153368 / EM-01 18aug07
    CH-46D153395 15mar01
    CH-46F155304 04mar04
    CH-46F157678 08may03
    CH-47CLC-010 30sep12
    CH-47CLC-011 17nov78
    CH-47CMM80829 21nov75
    CH-47CZA704 25sep04
    CH-47CZD984 14nov01
    CH-47DZA679 / AG 09mar11
    CH-47DZA684 / BB 02mar11
    CH-47DZA704 25sep04
    CH-47DZH776 25feb11
    CH-47DZH895 26sep04
    CH-53E? 14oct11
    CH-53E161539 / HC-539 04dec89
    CH-53E161988 / HC-541 01dec89
    CH-53E164366 / EG-24 03sep11
    CommandoQA33 14aug11
    EC135T19H-EMS 12feb20
    EC135T1F-GMHE 12feb20
    EC135T1P4-XTC 16oct05
    EC145G-SRNE 23dec15
    EC225LPG-ZZSO 30jul08
    EC725R2 2552 / SE 29apr11
    EC725R2 2770 / SG 12sep11
    HAS.1XV649 / R-84 01aug94
    HAS.1XV674 / L-015 10apr00 26sep02
    HAS.2XZ239 / 425 21oct04
    HAS.2XZ245 / SU-422 17jun03
    HAS.2XZ571 / L-014 20apr95
    HAS.2XZ697 30sep06
    HAS.2XZ698 02may05
    HAS.2XZ698 / 348 26jul11
    HAS.2XZ720 / 407 11nov05
    HAS.2XZ721 / LP-332 25jan03
    HAS.2XZ729 / 417 17mar11
    HAS.2XZ731 / 332 11jun11 14sep11
    HAS.2XZ736 / 365 10mar05
    HAS.3ZD566 01mar11
    HAS.3SZF562 01mar14 13dec15 14oct16
    HAS.3SZF563 / 348 19jul10
    HAS.5ZE418 / 186 27aug11
    HAS.5ZE418 / R-186 23nov05
    HC.3ZJ120 / D 27feb04
    HC.3ZJ129 / N 15apr07
    HC.3ZJ135 / T 05oct04 15apr07
    HC.3ZJ137 / W 15apr07
    HC.4ZD480 / VP 08jun93
    HC.4ZE427 01nov12
    HC.4ZF120 / Z 06may11
    HH-60H163795 26jun04
    HH-656509 21apr04
    HH-656590 30may03
    HM.1ZH835 26feb08
    HM.1ZH836 / CU-268 21nov05
    HM.1ZH839 / 266 21may08
    HM.1ZH840 05mar11
    HM.1ZH841 / 502 14mar11
    HM.1ZH852 09oct09
    HM.1ZH852 / CU-69 09oct09
    HM.1ZH855 / CU-267 21nov05
    HM.1ZH856 / 266 21nov05
    HM.1ZH857 26sep15
    HM.1ZH861 / 67 26feb08
    HM.1ZH864 / 268 21may08
    HU.5XS480 31oct71
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    HU.5XT451 31oct71
    HU.5XT454 31oct71
    HU.5XT456 31oct71
    HU.5XT465 31oct71
    HU.5XT763 31oct71
    MH-60S? 26sep09 18feb10
    MH-60S165778 / BR-53 24sep11
    MI-26RA-06045 20aug12
    MI-8MTV-1RA-22981 22aug12
    MI-8T KAZANLZ-CAL 08feb99
    MK110MM81482 11jun16
    MK25265 03dec10
    MK88A8319 10aug11
    MV-22B168225 04jun13
    NFHN-233 30aug14
    NFHN-277 02jan15 18may15
    NFHN-316 18aug14
    NFHN-318 18jul15
    NFHN-319 28jul16
    NH500M9H-ABY 22jul92
    NH500MMM80848 / GdiF-49 06jun92
    S-70B-1? 21may11
    S-70B-1HS23-01 / 01-1001 17sep11
    S-70B-2N24-012 / 881 02may05
    S-76AEZ-S704 27sep08
    S-76AF-GDHU 05jan84
    S-92AN465VL 18dec09
    S-92AN992SK 21sep12
    S61N.MK2G-BGWK 31dec07 01jan08
    SA316BAS9315 24sep05
    SA316BM-2 / OT-ZPB 05jun09
    SA319B106 12apr09
    SA330B1375 / AM 29mar11
    SA342M3849 / BPR 12apr09
    SA365C3A-MJP 02jul11
    SA365F1313 / 4-BG 01aug11
    SA365N3A-MCM 07sep10
    SH-2G3543 21feb06
    SH-60B165108 14jul04
    SH-60F164613 / AA-612 26jun04
    SH-60F164614 / AA-614 30jun04

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