Text & Pictures: Philippe Decock
© sbap 2018
 

The 2018 edition of the Danish Air Show took place in Aalborg, home of the RDAF Air Transport Wing.
There were some very interesting exhibits like retired RDAF F-104G and Draken, USN P-8 Poseidon, RAF Typhoons wearing 1Sqn markings, FAF Mirage 2000B, Ukrainian Il-76 and Su-27's.
All three Baltic states were present, a welcome presence as they are no regular airshow visitors in the West.
Latvia presented a Mi-17-1V, Lithuania came with a L-39 Albatros, an AS-365 Dolphin and a C-27J Spartan, Estonia presented an An-2 Colt and a R-44 Clipper.
The star of the show was undoubtedly the norwegian privately owned CF-104D Starfighter.
That beautiful bird arrived from the airshow in Sola, Norway, in late afternoon the day before the show.
The rehearsal flights took place on the saturday, under a grey sky.
On the day of the show, the weather quickly deteriorated.
At first, it was only a shower but after the power demo by RDAF EH-101, MH-60R, AS-550 and F-16's, it started to rain continuously...
A really frustrating situation as Denmark had been blessed with sunny weather for weeks before the show!
The next edition of the Danish Air Show should take place in Karup in 2020.
On behalf of www.sbap.be, I would like to thank the Royal Danish Air Force for helping me in making this report possible.

 CF-104 R-771 preserved as gate guard & a specially decorated van
 
Aalborg Airbase Short History
Aalborg Air Base (Danish: Flyvestation Aalborg) also Air Transport Wing Aalborg is a military airbase for the Royal Danish Air Force. The base is located at Vadum, a city near Aalborg. Aalborg Air Base shares its runway system as well as some services (Air Traffic Control etc.) with Aalborg Lufthavn.
Aalborg Air Base was established along with Aalborg Airport in 1938, serving the first Danish domestic flight between Aalborg and Copenhagen. The air base was established following pressure from the Aalborg Portland cement factory as local authorities were hesitant to invest in air traffic infrastructure.
When Germany invaded Denmark on April 9th, 1940, the German Luftwaffe launched one of the first airborne operations in history, in which paratroopers captured the airport. Aalborg Lufthavn was considered as a crucial element in the ferrying of troops and equipment from Germany to Norway. This location acted as a refueling base for Luftwaffe transport planes, especially Junkers JU-52-3M, during the campaign.
A well known air battle took place over the airport on August 13th, 1940 when the Bristol Blenheim Mk IV bomber aircraft of the Royal Air Force 82 squadron attacked the German aircraft based there. The six aircraft of A-flight got through the flak and released their bombs. As B-flight followed about a minute later, the anti-aircraft fire had been adjusted. As soon as the A-flight had come through the anti-aircraft fire nine German fighters swooped on them.
All eleven attacking aircraft (R1933 - R3800 - R2772 - R3821 - R3829 - R3904 - T1827 - R3802 - T1934 - R3913 - T1889) were shot down by either German anti-aircraft fire or Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighter aircraft.
The Luftwaffe greatly expanded the airport and called them "Fliegerhorst Aalborg West". The expansion of the base went from 140 to 2750 hectares of land.
After the war, an internment camp for Baltic German refugees was set up on the base.
When the Royal Air Force arrived at Aalborg in 1945 most military and airport equipment had been destroyed. When the Royal Danish Air Force was created in 1950, it took over the "Fliegerhorst Aalborg West".
Currently the Aalborg airport is by far the largest in Denmark.
 
Bristol Blenheim Mk IV from 82 Squadron at RAF Watton
(RAF archives DR)
The Blenheim R3821 was one of the eleven shot down on August 13th, 1940
(RAF archives DR)
Arado Ar 196 A from Ku.Fl.Gr. 706, Aalborg 1941
(Luftwaffe Archives DR)
Heinkel He 177 A-3 from 5./KG 100, Aalborg 1944
(Luftwaffe Archives DR)
 
Arrivals and Rehearsal
 
 Home based Esk 721 Lockheed-Martin C-130J
 Aero L-29 Delfin
  The Swiss Air Force F/A-18C Hornet Display Team
 The RVators formation team
  Ukrainian Air Force Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker solo display
 
 Danish Air Force Lockheed-Martin F-16AM solo display
 
  Royal Norwegian air force historical squadron
 Mikoyan Gurevitch MIG-15 UTI (Polish-built SB Lim-2)
 de Havilland Vampire T.55 de Havilland Vampire FB.52
  Hellenic Air Force F-16C solo display team "Zeus"
 U.S. NAVY Boeing P-8 Poseidon Another home based aircraft: Esk 721 Canadair CL-604
 Mass freefal jump from two C-130J
 
 
 Esk 722 Agusta-Westland EH101 Mk512 based in Karup Esk 723 Sikorsky MH-60R also from Karup
 
 Finnish Air Force Boeing F/A-18C solo display Noorduyn AT-16 Harvard IIB (Sk 16A)
  Spanish Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon solo display (C.16)
  de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk duo
 German Air Force Transall C-160D Lithuanian Air Force C-27J Spartan
 The undoubted star of the show: Canadair CF-104D Starfighter
 
  
  
Airshow Day: Static Display...
 
 Aerial view of Aalborg airbase (Courtesy FLVFOT)  Close up on the main static apron (Courtesy FLVFOT)
 de Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth SAI KZ III Lærke
 SAI KZ VII Lærke  SAI KZ VII Lærke
 SAI KZ X Mk 2 de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk
 Esk 721 liaison flight Saab T-17 Supporter Retired CF-104 Starfighter
 Esk 721 Canadair CL-604 Esk 721 Lockheed-Martin C-130J
 Esk 722 Agusta-Westland EH101 Mk512 Esk 723 Westland Super Lynx Mk90B (Preserved Helicopter)
 A look into the hangar... F-16AM and the armament possibilities
 C-130J maintenance area
  Latvian Air Force Mil-Mi-8 MTV
 Estonian Air Force Robinson R-44 Clipper Estonian Air Force Antonov An-2 Colt
 Lithuanian Air Force Alenia C-27J Spartan Lithuanian Air Force Aero L-39C Albatros
 Lithuanian Air Force Airbus Helicopter AS365-N3 Dauphin 2
  German Air Force Transall C-160D  U.S. NAVY Boeing P-8 Poseidon
 Ukrainian Air Force Iliushin IL-76 Candid NATO Boeing E-3A Sentry (AWACS)
 French Air Force Dassault Mirage 2000B Royal Air Force Typhoon FGR4
 Ukrainian Sukhoi SU-27P Flanker
  Ukrainian Sukhoi SU-27UB two seat version
 Hornet nest: Finnish and Swiss Air Force's Beechcraft B200 Super King Air Norwegian pollution control
 Canadair CF-104D Starfighter
 
 
Airshow Day: Flying Program...
 
Esk 722 Agusta-Westland EH101 Mk512 demo
 
 
 A leap into the past with this Douglas C-47A-85-DL owned by The Association for Flying Museums Planes
 
 Finnish Air Force Boeing F/A-18C solo display
 
 “Baby Blue” is the official aerobatic team of the Royal Danish Air Force The team belong to the RDAF Flying School located at Karup airbase
 The solo of the team The team was created in the mid 1980's
Danish Power Demonstration
 
 Esk 723 Sikorsky MH-60R
 Esk 730 Lockheed-Martin F-16AM
 
  Flares shooting is always spectacular !
 Esk 724 Aerospatiale AS550C2 Fennecs, based in Karup
 
 A last fly pass of the participants
 
 
Norwegian Air Force Historical Squadron Vampires The Cold War in all its glory
 
  The "Patrouille Suisse"
 
 Awful weather for the CF-104D demo

As conclusion some pictures of the F-16AM solo display (Courtesy FLVFOT)

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