Vin­tage Aer­o­bat­ics

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Den­mark hosts the third Vin­tage Aer­o­batic World Cham­pi­onship in Au­gust, ex­pect­ing com­peti­tors from across the globe

Clas­sic aer­o­batic air­craft will once more dance in Dan­ish skies dur­ing the third an­nual Vin­tage Aer­o­batic World Cham­pi­onship. Pre­vi­ously held at Stauning, this year it is mov­ing some 100km north-east to Skive. A four-day event to be held 16-19 Au­gust, it com­prises three cat­e­gories of com­pe­ti­tion plus a con­clud­ing show­case el­e­ment. ‘Teach­ing the Tricks’, the cham­pi­onship’s fly­ing/coach­ing stage, pre­cedes ‘Loop­ing the Loop’, ‘Danc­ing the Clover­leaf’ and ‘Rolling the Cir­cle.’ The cham­pi­onship cli­maxes with ‘The Per­for­mance’ – solo and for­ma­tion rou­tines flown to mu­sic of the com­peti­tors’ choice. There are three registrati­on cat­e­gories, en­abling ‘Vin­tage’ (pre-1955), ‘Clas­sic’ (1955-1970) and ‘Replica’ (non-orig­i­nal or con­verted) air­craft all to par­tic­i­pate.

Truly in­ter­na­tional in na­ture, 2017’s cham­pi­onship in­volved com­peti­tors from across Europe and as far afield as New Zealand. Mag­nus Borg in his Saab 91B Safir was the win­ning Looper but, oth­er­wise, Bücker types led the field. Oliver He­u­pel, in his Jung­meis­ter Liesel Bach, pro­duced the best Clover­leaf, while Benoit Di­er­ickx flew his BÜ-133PA Jung­meis­ter – a mod­ern-day Pol­ish replica with 200hp LOM 337CE in­line en­gine – to glory in the Cir­cle-rolling and Per­for­mance cat­e­gories and be­came over­all event win­ner. Other par­tic­i­pants in­cluded two Swedish Klemm Kl 35Ds, a Swiss Bölkow Bö 208C Ju­nior, a lo­cally-based Chip­munk 22, a 1996-built SAI KZ VIII replica and, all the way from Hen­stridge, Chris Grif­fith’s Tiger Moth, flown by its owner and Clive David­son.

Barry Tem­pest, the only other Bri­tish com­peti­tor, pi­loted a Stampe SV-4B which is part of the res­i­dent Dan­marks Fly­mu­seum and re­ported the event in Oc­to­ber 2017’s

Pi­lot. Registrati­on for 2018’s Vin­tage Aer­o­batic World Cham­pi­onship is open now at: vin­tageaer­o­­on/

ABOVE: apart from the 'Looper' win­ning Saab Safir, Bűck­ers dom­i­nated in the 2017 vin­tage cham­pi­onship RIGHT: some con­tenders play up the vin­tage theme

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