Welcome to the Outposts of Empire website.


‘Outposts of Empire RAF Malta’ was released a few weeks ago, the 90 minute programme tells the story; through interviews, commentary, archive film and photographs, of the RAF on Malta from its humble beginnings at Royal Naval Air Station at Kalafrana in 1917, to its final days at RAF Luqa in 1979.


What the press say: Aeroplane Monthly – May 2017:

“Producer Tod Nicol ambitiously aims to document the RAF’s presence on Malta“. “Dreamy footage follows of aircraft carriers, Southampton Flying Boats, Shackletons, PR Canberras and the unmistakable features of Valetta harbour”. “The serious history of the RAF on the island is then related over 90 minutes, accompanied by archive film. The story is well told by voiceover and the recollections of veterans who served on or flew from Malta”. “Entertaining viewing”.


Royal Air Force News 19 May 2017:

"Many with an association with the Royal Air Force will be interested in viewing RAF Malta the first of a collection of DVD’s in the Outposts of Empire Series.

RAF Malta begins by telling viewers the strategic importance of the tiny rock in the Mediterranean.

The story of the RAF in Malta is then told by those who know it best, those airmen and women who were there – as well as through archive film footage".


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Interview excerpts from

the Outposts of Empire Archive


Interview excerpts from

the Outposts of Empire Archive


Outposts of Empire is a long-term video history project, its purpose is to research, record and create an archive of interviews of former Royal Air Force personal, and their families, who served overseas from the Second World War to recent times.


The Outposts of Empire archive was established in early 2015 and is growing fast; it is now approaching 100 hours of interviews from over 50 contributors; veterans who served in all corners of the globe.


The interviews: Over the next months and years this website will be regularly updated with excerpts from archive based documentaries produced specifically for the featuring individuals telling their own unique stories of life in distant parts of the shrinking British Empire over the past 70 years.


Click on the Red Button to see a short montage of a selection of the interviews recorded so far (last updated May 26 2017)

The Outposts of Empire are places such as Habbaniya, Shaibah, Seletar, Changi, Tengah, Malta, Hong Kong, Mombasa, Masirah , Gibraltar and Gan all far from home, but living in a very British tradition.


Movietone Newsreels: Also, by kind permission, you will find a selection of Movietone Newsreels  through a link button on the Documentary excerpts page.

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The Outposts of Empire Documentary excerpts


Link button Click here to see a trailer.