30,000 spectators watched the Norwegian Aeroclub's Golden Jubilee airshow at Rygge Aerodrome, Norway, May 24.?
30,000 spectators watched the Norwegian Aeroclub's Golden Jubilee airshow at Rygge Aerodrome, Norway, May 24. Airmen and aircraft from many NATO countries - Britain, Canada, Denmark, France, Holland, Norway, Sweden, and USA appeared in this hours long air display.
Guests included the British, French and US Ambassadors to Oslo, NATO North Europe airchief Lt.Gen.Sillin, RAF Airmarshal 'Benny' Cross, Lord Douglas of Kirtleside chairman of BEA, NATO chief of staff at Kolsas, Norway, General Murray, and representatives of the Norwegian Government.
Six jet fighter display teams thrilled the vast crowd with masterly aerobatics. First a Royal Dutch Airforce F86F Sabre jet team, then a Swedish Lance group, French Airforce Fougas, Royal Canadian Canuck team, RAF Hawker Hunter squadron and the USAF Skyblasers in F-100 Super Sabres.
A demonstration of air-to-air refuelling was given by a USAF KB-50 giant and two RF-101 Voodoo jet fighters. Last week these fighters flew the Atlantic non-stop with three mid-air refuelling.
The combination of man and machine gave way to a breathtaking display of human endurance and courage when French parachutist Chalon jumped from a Noratlas transporter at 5,000 feet and hurtled earthward to 1,000 feet before releasing his parachute. He landed upright, saluting the grandstand guests.
Centrepiece of the show was the 'Ellehammer' - a veteran wood and string aircraft that made the first flight in Europe, Sept. 12, 1906, piloted by Jacob Christian Ellehammer, flying 42 yards at a height of 1 yard. For the Rygge show it was piloted by Danish pilot Eigil Jensen. Its original engine was replaced by a 1922 60hp Cirrus. Hensen reached an altitude of 100 feet at a speed of nearly 45 mph.
With so many handsome flying types on show it was inevitable that a glamorous girl would appear. In fact several were on hand - for the Air Princess beauty competition.