After the vintage and World War II warbirds had a go at it, it was time for the fast-movers!
A CAP 10, a French aerobatic design, flew solo aerobatics. Don’t let the side-by-side seating fool you – this little rocket scorches along at over 130 knots, and is stressed for +6 and –4.5 Gs.
Most European aerobatic champions had their start in CAP 10s.
In contrast to the 180 horsepower snarl of the CAP 10’s Lycoming, the next performer was completely silent.
I never saw the ASK21 aerobatic glider launch. Suddenly it was overhead, flying a breathtaking sequence to the soaring notes of Enya. Afterwards, the glider landed on Ginkel Heath, where its military grandparents – Wacos and Horsas carrying troops and equipment of the British 1st Airborne Division — also landed 66 years ago.
A formation of Fokker S.11s flew next – formation aerobatics, with a twist. Literally!
They flew barrel rolls and other aerobatics in sequence, and it looked like an aerobatic book diagram brought to life!
A flock of Yak 52s then swept over Ginkel Heath, hefty and powerful.
Then the first jet flew in. The French Fouga Magister primary jet trainer first flew in 1952, which makes it solidly older than I am!
It’s unique V-tail (earlier than the Bonanza V-tail or the F-18 Hornet) gives the airplane a novel look – it’s not just another jet airplane.
Then the Breitling Team arrived.
They flew seven L-39 Albatros jets. First deployed in 1969, the Czech-made Albatros still serves in over 30 air forces worldwide and has become popular with private owners – at $200,00-300,000 for your own private jet warbird!
The graceful airplane has a double-tapered wing planform – very pleasant looking. A Soviet-made Ivchenko turbofan takes it to Mach 0.8. It will eat +8 and –4 Gs for breakfast and laugh at you. James Bond flew it in Tomorrow Never Dies, and it was also in Lord of War.
I’ve seen the US Air Force Thunderbirds and the US Navy Blue Angels demonstration teams. Powerful, loud and brash. I found the Breitling team a bit classier – the same exacting precision with more elegant use of energy.
Mach 0.8 jets are as fast as they come, in air shows. What was next, I wondered?
Whoa!! An AH-64 Apache attack helicopter punctuating loops with anti-IR flare salvos was a dramatic finish to the air show.
Or so I thought. When I left Ginkel Heath, there was an microlight paraglider circling the heath. Such an unremarkable end, I thought.
I never saw the geese.
This last photo is from Ferry v0’s outstanding collection of dramatic photographs of the air show. He must have been standing just a few meters from me on Ginkel Heath.
The aviator is Christian Moullec, who devoted his life to teaching geese to migrate, using an ultralight.
All in all, this was an outstanding air show, action-packed yet smoother and more refined than other air shows I have been to. I was at the prestigious Singapore Air Show earlier this year. That one had a lot of defense contractors and tourists. This one at Arnhem was full of enthusiasts..
Imagine my reaction if I had missed this air show and then read about it afterwards. Instead, on the 66th anniversary week of A Bridge Too Far, I stumbled on the Market-Garden air show!
Posted from Manila, November 10, 2010