Starfighter steals the show
For many visitors, the long-awaited sight and sound of a Starfighter back in Danish skies was the undoubted highlight of the country’s main international air display in 2018.
Poor weather affected the Danish Air Show, held on 10 June at the Royal Danish Air Force’s Aalborg base, but despite the low cloud, drizzle and at times heavy rain, the display pilots performed admirably, The Friends of the Norwegian Starfighter Association CF-104D Starfighter’s international debut headed a fine line-up that included the Norwegian Air Force Historical Squadron’s newlyrepainted Vampire FB52 LN-DHY/VZ305 and Vampire T55 LN-DHZ/WZ447 – both now in RAF markings - accompanied by MIG-15UTI N104CJ ‘Red 18’. Military display teams ranged from the
Patrouille Suisse with its six F-5E Tiger IIS to the RDAF’S Baby Blue of four Saab T-17 Supporters. Modern fast jets included an RAF Typhoon FGR4, Swiss and Finnish AF Hornets and a Ukrainian Su27. The most striking display in atrocious weather was given by a locally based C-130J Hercules, lighting up the dark sky with its flares.
The static display’s line-up featured an assortment of vintage military and civil types including a C-47, Chipmunk, KZ-II and VII, plus a Tiger Moth, Broussard, Harvard and Stearman. Numerous preserved former RDAF aircraft were also on show, notably a Draken, CF-104, Super Lynx and Hughes 500M. The RDAF Air Wing at Aalborg put on a well-organised show. It will be the turn of Karup to host the next RDAF airshow in 2020.
The weather was poor but Aalborg's vintage jets shone. Starfighter 637 made its international debut