Spitfire Glory: Leif Lundsten Episode III – Test Pilot

Episode III – Test Pilot
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6th June 1943, a different life for Captain Leif Lundsten begins. After 21 months of active service flying Spitfires in 331, it was time for a long waited leave. There was however hardly any time for rest; it was war and Leif was needed to fill a crucial role in the ever expanding RAF. Join him in the dangers of test flying, the thrill of acrobatics and the unique experience to fly one of the first Griffon-powered Mk XIV’s.

Starfighter to the air!

Geir Tore Gravdal captured the moment NSF board member Eskil Amdal took off with the restored F-108 Starfighter from Bodø this evening at approx 17:30 CET. Congratulations to everyone involved in the project, and to Eskil!

 

Eskil Amdal takes off with the F-108 Starfighter
Eskil Amdal takes off with the F-108 Starfighter

Want to know more? NSF recommendations!

Want to know the bigger picture? Why it’s so important to get a Spitfire back to Norway? Norwegian Spitfire Foundation would like to recommend these books;

Cato Guhnfeldt: Spitfire Saga bind 1-7 (2009-2016)

Cato Guhnfeldts epic release of seven (!!) gigantic books about No. 331 and 332 Squadrons operations during WWII.  The collection is a MUST to anyone interested in the Norwegian Spitfire squadrons heroic wartime efforts. The books are in Norwegian language with added English captions and summaries. The photographic collection are enough of its own to buy this amazing set of books. Haugenbok.no (link above) offers free shipping which comes in handy with thick books like this.
9788299807104

 

Helner Grundt Spang & Eva Christianne Jørgensen: Den hemmelige kampen (1971)

Spitfire ace Helner Grundt Spangs own take on the mental strain he and his fellow Spitfire pilots went through during WWII as well as in post-war Norway. The book is in Norwegian language and available to read free via the link above.

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Birger Tidemand-Johannessen; Spitfire, Norsk Jagerflyger i Kamp (2001)

Spitfire pilot Birger Tidemand-Johannessens own story from his career as a wartime Spitfire pilot. In Norwegian language.

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Tor Idar Larsen; Spitfire Glory, The Wartime Flying Life of Leif Lundsten (2016)

This in-depth book follows Leif Lundstens amazing career as a wartime Spitfire pilot, from the early days in Scotland, through his magnificent time as a Spitfire test-pilot to leading 331 Squadron over the Normandie beaches in June 1944. In English language,

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Svein Heglund; Høk over Høk (1997)

The topscoring Norwegian Spitfire ace tells his story of combat and flying during WWII in his own words. In Norwegian language.

9788299219426

 

 

Tor Idar Larsen/Finn Thorsager; Viking Spitfire, the Story of Finn Thorsager (2012)

Finn Thorsager of 331 Squadrons story flying Gladiators, Spitfires and Lockheed Lodestars. Partly Thorsagers own words combined with an easy-to-read present tense writing form makes this a good introduction to the subject. In English language, but also in Norwegian language under the title Gladiator; Finn Thorsager, fra jagerpilot til flykaptein (2009)

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Cato Guhnfeldt; Marius, Skiløper, Jageress, Krigsfange – Historien om Marius Eriksen (2003)

Norwegians brilliantly talented Spitfire-pilot Marius Eriksen tells his story of escaping Norway, flying in combat, loosing his best friend and surviving as a POW in Germany.

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Cato Guhnfeldt: Nattjager (2004)

Nattjager follows Spitfire-pilot Tarald Weisteens wartime career with 331 Squadron as well as his time with 85 Squadron flying Mosquito nightfighters. In Norwegian language.

9788299219488

Hurricane to Kjeller Event: Norseman and Harvard Display Videos!

Noorduyn Norseman R-AF LN-TSN, piloted by Finn Terje Skyrud during Hurricane to Kjeller Air Show 2016. This Norseman is operated by Norwegian Spitfire Foundation: http://www.norwegianspitfire.com/

Produced by Knut Åshammer
Poster by Martin Bunaes
Music: Tethys by Evan King
Norseman pilot: Finn Terje Skyrud

Norseman R-AF was built at Noorduyn Aviation in Canada in 1944, and was transferred to the Norwegian Air Force in March 1945 where it was given its military register, R-AF. In 1959, the aircraft was sold to A/S Solbergfly (Thor Solberg) and was given its civilian register, LN-TSN. It was sold to Sweden in 1963 where it was given the register SE-CGM. It will be flown with both wheels and floats. R-AF will be based at Kjeller Aerodrome and at Gardermoen Airport, Norway. Its engine is a Pratt & Whitney R-1340-AN-1 Wasp, the same as in LN-TEX. It is owned by Norsk Luftartsmuseum and operated by Norwegian Spitfire Foundation: http://www.norwegianspitfire.com/

North American Harvard LN-TEX, display pilot Espen Tjetland, touring pilots Christian Falck and Ivar Dyrdal during the air show «Hurricane to Kjeller 2016» at Kjeller Aerodrome (ENKJ). This Harvard is operated by Norwegian Spitfire Foundation: http://www.norwegianspitfire.com/

Produced by Knut Åshammer
Poster by Martin Bunaes
Music: Titan Striker by Evan King
Harvard pilots: Espen Tjetland (display)
Christian Falck (tours)
Ivar Dyrdal (tours)

LN-TEX was built by Noorduyn Aviation in Canada as a Harvard Mk. II in 1944. It served with the British Royal Air Force as well as the Belgian, Portugese and German Air Forces in the years to come. In 1979 it was bought by Norwegian Anders Sæther from Scandinavian Historic Flight. It was painted in a USAAF silver paint-scheme, and have been stationed at Kjeller Aerodrome in Norway for many years. LN-TEX got a Pratt & Whitney R-1340-AN-1 Wasp radial engine giving it 600 horsepower. Maximum speed is ca. 300 km/h while cruise speed is at ca 235 km/h.

Hurricane to Kjeller!

Hurricane til Kjeller
Hurricane til Kjeller

 

4. September kommer det en Hawker Hurricane (R4118) til Kjeller Flyplass sammen med en Spitfire (RR232) & P-51D «The Shark». Det har ikke vært en Hurricane i Norge siden krigen.

Det blir et mini-flyshow med Hurricane, Spitfire, Mustang, Noorduyn Norseman og Harvard AT-6.
Det vil også bli flyturer på dagen for publikum med Veteranflygruppa sine fly, Norseman og Harvard.

Mer info kommer.

Hurricane to Kjeller on 4 September 2016! We’re extremely happy to announce that Hawker Hurricane R4118 (Battle of Britain veteran) is coming to Kjeller, Norway! Alongside the Hurricane will be Supermarine Spitfire RR232 and P-51 Mustang «The Shark».

There will be a mini-air show with the Hurricane, Spitfire, Mustang, Norseman and Harvard. Lots of flying and things to do!

This is the first time since WWII that a Hurricane will visit Norway. It will be an historic event!

See you there!