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Malta Project

by msecadm4921

UK and Malta based Dedicated Micros came to the 11th hour rescue of the Merlins Over Malta project.

The CCTV product manufacturers sponsored the support aeroplane for the journey of a Spitfire and Hurricane from the UK to the Mediterranean island the Royal Air Force defended in World War Two.

What they say

Chairman of Dedicated Micros, Nigel Petrie said: "We are delighted to have been able to step into the breach when the original support aircraft fell through and cover the costs of Rouche Bentley’s Cessna T303. This ambitious project highlights the valuable role played by the Merlin-engined RAF Spitfires and Hurricanes throughout World War Two and in particular their sterling work during the siege of Malta.

"The sponsorship of ‘Merlins Over Malta’ is especially apt for us given the strong business links Dedicated Micros has developed with the island. This is based on a long-term programme of investment in the Maltese economy, specifically the location of our primary global production plant at the San Gwann Industrial Estate, which now employs nearly 170 people."

The restored Spitfire and Hurricane left Duxford on September 14 accompanied by the Dedicated Micros sponsored Cessna T303, arrived over the Grand Harbour in Valletta on September 22. They then starred at the Malta International Airshow, on September 24 and 25, before conducting a flypast of a wreath laying ceremony at Floriana. The final engagement for the aircraft was the dedication of the Air Battle of Malta Hangar on September 28.

Merlins Over Malta Project leader Linda Denney said: "We are extremely grateful to Dedicated Micros and Nigel Petrie for coming on board at such short notice. The role played by the support aircraft was of huge importance during our arduous journey through Europe, carrying vital spares and, crucially, a third pilot to give the other pilots a break from flying if required."

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