VINTAGE PICS FROM MALTA’S PAST

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Air disaster: An RAF Lancaster bomber crashes in New Street in Luqa in 1952, killing three of the crew and a woman on the ground

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Chocks away! An iconic Spitfire fighter aircraft is prepared for take off from Malta’s new wartime airfield at RAF Safi in 1943

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Busy on deck: Aircraft from Hal Far are loaded onto HMAS Vengeance off Marsaxlokk Bay in 1955 with St Lucian Tower in the background

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Bombed out: Sir Winston Churchill sees the damage in Senglea for himself on a visit to Malta in 1943.

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Two of Malta’s impressive electric trams which operated from 1905 to 1929

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The Mdina Express: A train heading for Mdina departs from the tunnel at Valletta station in the 1920s.

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the “widna” (the ear), was a stone structure used in Malta to hear planes approaching from Sicily before the radar was introduced

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‘Will bark no more’: The world’s biggest gun is decommissioned at Fort Rinella in Kalkara in 1910.

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Engineers install the world’s largest gun at Fort Rinella in Kalkara in 1884.

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No bendy buses here! Model maker Emmanuel Muscat creates beautiful wooden mini masterpieces of Malta’s iconic vintage buses

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Fit for a Queen! Kingsgate in Valletta is decorated in 1953 as the Queen this year marks the 60th anniversary of her Coronation

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Valletta gate

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Channel crossing: The Gozo ferry Bancinu which ran from 1950 to 1957 arrives at Marfa from Mgarr.

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Pieta Creek: Small patrol boats berth off Ta’ Xbiex in the 1950s with St Luke’s Hospital in the background

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Malta shipwreck: The Greek tanker Angel Gabriel runs aground off Marsascala during a storm in 1969

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Model maker Emmanuel Muscat creates beautiful wooden mini masterpieces of Malta’s iconic vintage buses

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Little and large: The real thing and a model of a vintage Kalafrana bus sit side by side for the camera.

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The final piece of the jigsaw! The last block of the Grand Harbour breakwater is slowly lowered into position by workers in 1908

Emergency bread: One of the eight underground flour mills built in case of a nuclear attack on Malta.

Emergency bread: One of the eight underground flour mills built in case of a nuclear attack on Malta.

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