Flying Legends: Thank You!

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!

Horsemen
Steve Hinton leads Shipley and Friedkin during the Horsemen display

Saturdays formation with Sally B
The Shark coming in
Lars Ness taxis past the audience, Saturday
Lars Ness in formation with Sally B

Spitfire RAB RR232 Gullknapp 2017 official video

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.

Report from RAB Spitfire to Kjeller event (with photos)

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
RR232
Spitfire RAB and P-51 Mustang “The Shark” in formation
Kolling
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 RR232 ready for display
Spitfire RAB attracted plenty of visitors, this one being taken early in the morning
de Havilland Moth
de Havilland Moth display

 

John Dodd in the Mustang
RAB Spitfire
Lars Ness gives Spitfire RAB a hand
RR232
Lars Ness gave a brilliant Spitfire display in RR232
Harvard display
Taking off
John Dodd takes off

Luftforsvarsmuseet sponser Spitfire RAB

Nå i juni 2017 gjør Norwegian Spitfire Foundation ære på Wing Commander Rolf Arne Berg og de norske krigsflygerene ved å besøke flere store arrangementer i Norge og i utlandet med en Spitfire lakkert i Rolf Arne Bergs spesielle Norske fargeskjema fra høsten 1944.

Luftforsvarsmuseet ønsker å aktivt formidle Luftforsvarets historie, og gjennom dette har de støttet NSF med finansieringen av lakkeringen av flyet.

Norwegian Spitfire Foundation oppfordrer publikum til å besøke de flotte utstillingene til Luftforsvarsmuseet og Norsk Luftfartsmuseum i Bodø og Luftforsvarsmuseets flysamling på Gardermoen.