World Vin­tage Aer­o­bat­ics Cham­pi­onships

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The World Vin­tage Aer­o­batic Cham­pi­onships were held at Stauning, Den­mark in August. Vet­eran air­show and aer­o­bat­ics pilot Barry Tem­pest re­ports.

I was fly­ing a bor­rowed Bel­gian-built Stampe SV.4B. The owner came along as safety pilot be­cause my UK PPL with DVLA fit­ness to fly/drive is not valid out­side of the United King­dom. It was the heav­i­est Stampe I had ever flown, hav­ing a starter, gen­er­a­tor, vac­uum pump and full blind fly­ing in­stru­men­ta­tion in both cock­pits, plus my brave pas­sen­ger. No back-up har­ness, so it was brace yourself on the slow rolls. It was also prob­a­bly the new­est Stampe ever, hav­ing been built for the Bel­gian Air Force in 1955 but not as­sem­bled un­til ten years later. It now re­sides in the su­perb KZ Mu­seum at Stauning.

Clive David­son up­held the hon­our of the Tiger Moth by fly­ing all the way up from Hen­stridge with the owner, who is learn­ing to fly in it. He gave a se­date per­am­bu­la­tion through the blue Dan­ish sky lit­tered with puffy cu, with loops, a spin and bar­rel rolls only to keep the im­mac­u­late un­der sur­face clear of oil. This was in the ‘per­for­mance’ sec­tion of the con­test and the pre­vi­ous evening each com­peti­tor had ‘danced’ his way through his in­tended se­quence. Hi­lar­ity en­sued.

There were hordes of Jung­meis­ters, Jung­manns, a Stieglitz, a KZ VIII and a cou­ple of Chip­munks en­tered, so the hum­ble Tiger and Stampe did not stand much of a chance. My the­ory of old age and treach­ery over­com­ing youth and skill failed for once. At 79 I was the old­est en­trant by some eight years and came about half way up the fi­nal re­sult out of some 22 en­trants. Over­all win­ner was Benoit Di­er­ickx from Bel­gium fly­ing his Pol­ish-built Jung­meis­ter replica pow­ered by a Czech LOM 200hp six-cylin­der in­line en­gine, a su­perb air­craft with awe­some per­for­mance po­ten­tial. The judg­ing cri­te­ria were on the lines of those used in the Lock­heed In­ter­na­tional Aer­o­batic Tro­phy con­tests held in the UK around sixty years ago – a truly vin­tage eval­u­a­tion stan­dard for a vin­tage con­test.

One no­table vis­i­tor was the su­perb Beech D17S Stag­ger­wing Red Rock­ette flown by 83-year-old Bill Char­ney (aka ‘Cap­tain Biff Wind­sock’) who hails from Reno and re­turns there in winter to do the laun­dry when he runs out of clean socks. In sum­mer he is tour­ing Europe and I do mean all Europe. A re­tired United Airlines cap­tain and for­mer USAF jet jockey on F-84 Thun­der­streaks and F-100 Su­per Sabres (‘Huns’) he takes great plea­sure in squan­der­ing his chil­dren’s in­her­i­tance in a most en­vi­able fash­ion.

It was a most en­joy­able con­test and we made friends from all over Scan­di­navia, Ger­many, Aus­tria, Bel­gium and even a cou­ple of in­trepid fly­ers from New Zealand.

From top: over­all win­ner Benoit Di­er­ickx’s Pol­ish-built Lom-en­gined Jung­meis­ter replica and the home team’s hand­some lit­tle KZ VIII

Left: Barry sport­ing a jazzy bone­dome

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