Just before World War II, large tracts of arable land at Ta' Qali, near Mosta, were taken over to build a military aerodrome and an R.A.F. Station. This military zone has now been closed for many years.
Several buildings and hissen huts have been converted into small workshops and souvenir boutiques, to create what is now the Ta' Qali Handicrafts Village.
The Village is a big attraction for tourists who can see Maltese craftsmen at work and view the product of their handiwork. Blown glass, gold, silver and filigree ware, ceramics, ironwork, knitwear, and other goods are on sale at the souvenir outlets in this handicraft centre.
The remaining land at Ta' Qali is at present being converted into a National Park and a sports centre. The National Football Stadium, a Greek Theatre and large pavilions for indoor sports are already available.
The green park area is frequented by hundreds of families whose children can play in the ample space during sunny days in winter and spring-time.
The Malta Aviation Museum is situated on the former airfield of Ta'Qali, or as it was known by the Royal Air Force Takali, a mere 200 meters away from the Crafts Village.
On display there are 13 aircraft which include a Spitfire IX which saw action from Takali during the invasion of Sicily in 1943, a Hurricane, Swordfish, Tiger Moth, 2 DC3 Dakotas, Sea Hawk, Vampire, Sea Venom, Fiat G91, Beech 18, cockpit sections of a BAC Lightning and BAC 1-11, vehicles and motorcycles and memorabilia related to the history of aviation in Malta. The collection is housed in two 200ft long Romney huts and a newly built hangar.
A visit to the museum normally takes a minimum of an hour and half and attracts visitors of all ages and nationality but about 75% of our visitors are from the UK.