A special memory from Gullknapp Airshow 2017 in Norway. Spitfire Mk.IX RR232 was painted as PV181 to remember Wing Commander Rolf Arne Berg. The commander of RAF 132 Wing. PV181 was his personal Spitfire and it whore his intials RAB. More on the story behind this can be read here.
In this photo RAB is piloted by Lars Ness.
Photo: Eirik Østensjø
Now this beautiful Spitfire is back in its normal colour scheme as City of Exeter.
Turn on sound and watch this Merlin-packed trailer of NSF’s P-51 Mustang The Shark, coming to Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show 23-24 Sept. Tickets: http://bit.ly/2gQSk1n Like our page for news, photos and videos of NSF’s historic aircraft and airshows.
Produced by Knut Åshammer,Composer Charles Evans Composer
Thank you to everyone for showing up in large numbers for the Flying Legends 2017 Airshow. Lars Ness flew P-51 Mustang “The Shark” during the P-51 tailchase sequence, in formation with Sally B, plus leading a tro of Mustangs in the Balbo. Steve Hinton flew lead in “The Shark” for the Horsemen display on Sunday.
Here’s some photos for you from this great weekend. Our guys on the ground can report not seeing so many people at Duxford in many, many years!
Steve Hinton leads Shipley and Friedkin during the Horsemen display
We can now proudly present Knut Åshammers NSF video from Gullknapp Airshow, Norway. This included air-to-air shots of RAB and The Shark as well. A truly magnificent piece of videomaking.
Martin Phillips’ Spitfire Mk. IX RR232 painted in Wing Commander Rolf Arne Berg’s unique scheme, for the first time since the war. RAB with Norwegian pre-war markings on wings and rudder. W/C Rolf Arne Berg of 132. (N) Wing was killed in action on 3rd February while attacking Eelde airfield in the Netherlands. His legendary scheme now flies again for the first time – in Norway. This video is a tribute to all Norwegian fighter pilots that gave it all in their fight to bring back freedom to their country, of whom 82% never landed on Norwegian soil again.
We all enjoyed a fantastic 18 June at Kjeller. Spitfire RAB to Kjeller turned out to be great success with lots of visitors.
Cato Guhnfeldt held an hour long talk on the main person of the event, Wing Commander Rolf Arne Berg. In attendance was his nephew Rolf Arne Berg (with the same name). Also in attendance was Rolf M. Kolling who flew Spitfires with 332 Squadron during WWII. Norwegian Spitfire Club had its stand at Kjeller while burgers and soft drinks being served.
In the afternoon, a small airshow was held. The newly restored de Havilland Moth was displayed first followed by Lars Ness in Spitfire RR232 (PV181 RAB). Then we were treated to a great display by the British-based Harvard which NSF leased for the events in Norway in June. A display by a Norwegian Tiger Moth was up next before Lars Ness in the Spitfire, and John Dodd in the Mustang finished of the event in spectacular fashion. They performed formation fly-bys as well as solo displays.
NSF had our media-team present. Pictures as follows (all by NSF). There will be videos coming next!
Lars Ness at Gullknapp airfield
RAB Spitfire fires up
Spitfire RAB and P-51 Mustang “The Shark” in formation
Rolf Kolling and Lars Ness. Two Spitfire pilots of different generations in front of RR232 (PV181 RAB)
For many Norwegians, a fullscale RAB Spitfire has been a wet dream since the 1960s
Spitfire RR232 ready for display
Spitfire RAB attracted plenty of visitors, this one being taken early in the morning
de Havilland Moth display
John Dodd in the Mustang
Lars Ness gives Spitfire RAB a hand
Lars Ness gave a brilliant Spitfire display in RR232