Aviation Photo #1871075 Dassault Mirage F1ED - Libya - Air Force

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Two Libyan Air Force Mirage jet fighters unexpectedly flew to Malta this afternoon with their pilots claiming they escaped to Malta after having been ordered to bomb protesters who have taken control of the second city of Benghazi. The pilots told the Maltese authorities that they left from a base near Tripoli. Their aircraft were armed with air to ground rockets. The pilots initially asked for emergency clearance to land and for refuelling.
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    Ian Wright
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    Luqa - Malta International
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    February 21, 2011
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Anonymous
7 years ago
A very atmospheric shot capturing a part of the events which are changing the history of North Africa and other parts of the Mulsim world.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Incredible situation, happy to see lybian pilots arn't all crazy... But it's not finish for the libyan people. So, it's a nice shot for this beautiful F1 !
Anonymous
7 years ago
Nice capture (no pun intented) ... The plane looks in pristine conditions
Anonymous
7 years ago
You truly captured a piece of history!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Thanks for the great pic and post about what happened. Glad to see the most this aircraft wasn't used to harm it's own citizens.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Congrats to the photographer for this historic moment and also to the courage and sense of humanity of the pilots.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Very beautiful night time photo, didn't take long for this pic to get excepted in the data base..LOL!!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Looks like the Maltese AF just got a little bigger... LOL
Anonymous
7 years ago
These pilots are the heros!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Brave pilots...

They're not crazy like their dictator...

Islamic screaming
Anonymous
7 years ago
This photo gives me goosebumps. My utmost respects go to these two brave who stood up for what they believe in. Thank you for sharing this photo with us.
Anonymous
7 years ago
This looks like fresh out of the factory!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Actually the pilotes requested political asylum...but that's a different story. Nice photo! The Mirage look's like new
Anonymous
7 years ago
These pilots are really heroes for me..... They refused commands to shot the ordinary people which want the freedom. Thumbs up for them!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Tributes to the pilots who made the right choice.
Well... maybe they should have dropped those bombs on Khadafi before going to Malta.
Anonymous
7 years ago
After reading so many rumours about the ad-hoc nature of Libyan Air Force aircraft and personnel, I'm quite amazed by the condition of this Mirage. Historic shot showing the character of Libyan pilots!
Anonymous
7 years ago
A piece of history. One of the best looking fighters. what more can we ask for? Of course, we wish the pilots families all the best as well as a new democratic era to all these countries where dictators are still alive..
Anonymous
7 years ago
Quality night photo of a truly historic event. Well done getting the photo online so quickly. Respect for the pilots for standing up for what is right. Regards,
Chris.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Show all my respects to these heroes!!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Thank you for uploading so fast!
Best wishes!
Anonymous
7 years ago
The pilots are great men.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Stunning photograph, and what heroes! Thanks for sharing!
Anonymous
7 years ago
A sure sign that Gadaffi is about to have the same end as other dictactors had in the past.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Beautiful picture with the black night sky providing amazing background. It seems that Muamar knew how to take care of his aircraft, it looks to be in a pristine condition.
Anonymous
7 years ago
The picture is perfect... but the message sent by the pilots is even greater !
Anonymous
7 years ago
What an amazing shot. Stand up and salute these brave and noble aviators who stood up to evil and refused to use their machines to kill innocents. This is true aviation spirit. What a lovely machine this is, surely one of Dassaults best! And look how clean and well-maintained it us. Great photo!!
Anonymous
7 years ago
True heroes!!!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Thumbs up for the pilots and maintenance personell. Hope a/c will be soon back in service once the new government takes place.
Anonymous
7 years ago
I applaud the pilots for their courage. And doesn't this beautiful fighter look almost brand-new? Very good condition!
Anonymous
7 years ago
God bless their families (pilots)
Anonymous
7 years ago
Role models for all military personnel
Anonymous
7 years ago
Very nice
Anonymous
7 years ago
Truly historical picture and its story ever.
Anonymous
7 years ago
One image, one aircraft, and 4 heroes of our real reality! My best congratulations for the pilots.
Anonymous
7 years ago
What a great photo, because it captures this event where human pilots refused to kill their fellow countrymen. I wonder if unmanned autonomous combat aircraft would do the same? Kinda makes you see the unmanned combat aircraft in a different light, doesn't it? Things are never as simple as they seem. Unmanned combat aircraft will have unintended consquences. (or intended, but unanticipated consequences.) They won't present photo opportunities like this, that's for sure.
Anonymous
7 years ago
This aircraft deserves fresh new wheel chocks. They are the only thing out of place in this picture. Just beautiful. Syncronicity....this aircraft being so perfectly beautiful and the photographer capturing it with such clarity. An Airlners.net moment.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Great bird

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