Starfighte­r steals the show

Pilot - - Old Timers - Re­port & photo: Peter Hodgkins

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

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