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