VALLETTA, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) -- Aviation enthusiasts were in for a treat over the weekend as the Malta International Airshow got underway with some 50 aircraft from around the globe, some of which graced the skies with shows of aerobatics.
The much-anticipated airshow was spread between Saturday and Sunday after an absence of three years, first due to funding trouble and then due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
It closed off on Sunday with a show by the world-famous Red Arrows of the Royal Air Force of Britain. It was the 9th time that the British aerobatic team visited Malta, with the last time being in 2014.
Crowds were also treated to static and flying displays by flying crews from the Maltese and foreign air forces.
The Malta Aviation Society organised the airshow for the first time in 1993.
Aviation enthusiast Bertu Grima told Xinhua that he had been looking forward to the airshow every year but had to do without it for three years.
He said his passion for aviation has now passed on to his two sons who were equally thrilled to be standing near the jets during the static display.
Another aviation enthusiast, Vicky Vella, said there is no other show that excites her so much as the airshow. "These planes are simply amazing," she said, "I'd love to fly one, one day, but I'd have to become a pilot first," she said.