Malta's defender in the War Museum (The Gloster Gladiator ‘Faith’)
The National War Museum in Fort St Elmo ranks among the most popular tourist venues. The museum mainly represents Malta’s important military role in the post-1800 period under British colonial rule, especially during World War II, when the island became one of the most bombed countries in Europe.
GLOSTER SEA GLADIATOR N5520 ‘FAITH’
The Gloster Gladiator first flew in 1934 and entered service in 1937. The Gloster Sea Gladiator N5520 ‘Faith’ was one of a trio of biplane aircraft that defended Malta in the early days and weeks of the war. By mid-February 1941 N5520 was maintaining meteorological flights until December 1941, when the aircraft lost its wings when a close by hanger was bombed. In September 1943 its fuselage was salvaged, repaired, decorated and presented to the people of Malta. It was exhibited in the Palace Armoury and later was restored by the RAF and exhibited in the newly opened National War Museum in 1975.
Apart from N5520 FAITH the museum has a range of aircraft wreckages such as the Rolls Royce Merlin engine of Spitfire BR108, which crashed at Marsalforn Bay in July 1942.
The National War Museum
The National War Museum represents Malta’s important military role in the post-1800 period under British rule, especially during the WWII.
A key feature is the photographic panels depicting the harsh conditions endured by the civilian population and the extent of war damage during the crucial war years of 1940-1943.
Several principal exhibits are displayed in the main hall, such as the Italian E-Boat, a Bofors anti-aircraft gun, the Willis Jeep ‘Husky’, the Gloster Gladiator ‘Faith’, the George Cross, the Book of Remembrance and the illuminated Scroll presented by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Certainly worth examining are the prestigious awards and decorations received by Maltese servicemen and civilians during WWII for acts of bravery and sacrifice.
The left annex is mainly dedicated to the Royal Navy where various uniforms, insignia, equipment, Malta convoys, a section of a Spitfire, a Junkers Juno engine, a Messerschmitt wing, propellers, armaments, instruments, as well as relics and pictorial material relating to Axis raids are all displayed. (Source: visitmalta)
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dkmurphys (62147) 2010-09-22 2:44
Very well museum scene. Interesting place. I like this kind of exhibitions. Well done.
besnard (56798) 2010-09-22 4:00
Un bon cliché de l'intérieur de ce musée qui semble très intéressant. Les lumières sont bien gérées.
Merci pour le partage et bonne journée.
snunney (103389) 2010-09-22 4:23
A good capture of this iconic aircraft and defender of the skies above Malta. I like the long perspective along the museum gallery and the shaft of light across the nose cone and cockpit. Thanks also for the very interesting note.
francio64 (39888) 2010-09-22 4:43
un bel pezzo da museo, ben conservato.
Mancano le ali però!
ktanska (28437) 2010-09-22 4:48
Looks like quite interesting museum, I missed it.
Well chosen main subject and a good picture. Tight and often poorly light museum spaces are often challenging for photographers.
I saw predecessor of Gladiator, Gloster Gauntlet in Tampere Air Show. It is the last airworthy one remaining. Unfortunately it didn't fly that time due to strong crosswind.
Sergiom (84603) 2010-09-22 5:35
Dire qu'à l'époque les courageux pilotes volaient dans ces avions qui semblent rafistolés avec des bouts de broches et de taules. La lumière semble un peu jaune.
Bluejeans (64251) 2010-09-22 5:50
Beleza este museu da guerra com este avião no seu interior , incrivel como o conseguiram transportar para ai dentro teste tunel , bonita a luz, bons detalhes, parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
vasilpro (41633) 2010-09-22 7:29
Wonderful interior composition, interesting museum (there is a same in Leros Island), excellent light management, very nice POV, very good clarity, sharpness and DOF.
Have a nice evening, Vasilis.
jurek1951 (42196) 2010-09-22 11:38
Excellent contrast and presentation,
good colors and sharpness.
Excellent point of view,
dip (23890) 2010-09-22 13:31
a nice indoor image with excellent light managment and good sharpness,well done!
bukitgolfb301 (43668) 2010-09-22 17:37
Hello my dear George
Wonderful shot. Perfect framework by wide focus lens and well mature composition as usual. Warm and natural light control is marvelous. Blessing on your great job and thanks for sharing, have a good day,
Takero from rainy and very cool in Tokyo
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2010-09-23 0:39
Hello George! Wonderful plane, amazing interior, very interesting museum, good note, very good information. Excellent POV and DOF. Splendid effect. Good luck!
jlbrthnn (76039) 2010-09-23 2:52
The photograph excellent, spectacular and very interesting, is associated with the complete note. The exposure is well controlled. Framing is a model. Cheer.
Have a nice day
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-07-12
- Categories: Castles, Daily Life, Transportation, Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/3.5, 1/10 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2010-09-22 2:09