Malta International Airshow
23-24th September 2017
Malta Aviation Society Malta International Airport Armed Forces of Malta XFM
Brian Essex – the voice of the Malta airshow – passes away.
09 August 2017

‘Ladies & Gentlemen, Boys & Girls, Welcome to the Malta International Airshow’. The very first words uttered by our beloved Wing Commander Brian Essex (RAF, ret’d) at each of the last 20 airshows. Brian sadly passed away today, August 8th, 2017 at the age of 72.

Wing Cdr Brian Essex had a very successful career in the Royal Air Force, including being based at RAF Luqa with 203 Sqd flying the anti-submarine Nimrod aircraft. On his RAF retirement, Brian did a short spell with the Royal Air Force of Oman after which he settled in Malta with his lovely wife Su and their two sons. His love for Malta knew no bounds and his voluntary hard work enabled him to provide hours of commentary at each of the past many airshows.

The visiting public appreciated Brian’s excellent skills in providing airshow visitors with the best commentary possible, in his calm and soothing voice and not without cracking a joke every now and then. He was also the project manager of the ‘Battle for Malta’ commemoration in which many veterans flew in to Malta to celebrate 60 years of ‘Victory in Europe’. Wing Cdr Essex received an MBE from H.M. The Queen on the successful outcome of the project.

David Rose, a fellow serviceman who served at RAF Luqa in the 70’s, had this to say about Brian and the Malta airshow during one of his visits to the Island:

…….. mentioned the airshow commentator who I can vouch is incredibly good. Moved me to tears during the Spitfire display with the combination of the flypast, music and Brian's commentary with the words of Winston Churchill booming out over the speakers. Very emotional.

As we bid farewell to Brian, our condolences to his family and close friends.

Blue Skies Brian.


In the short documentary produced in collaboration with Times of Malta back in 2009 you can hear Brian Essex giving his best as a commentary for the Malta International Airshow.


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