Aeroplane meets... Kenneth Aarkvisla

How a former Norwegian Army forward air control Cessna Bird Dog pilot came to establish one of Europe’s most prominent collections of flying ex-military classic jets

It’s been said often, but bears repetition: without the Norwegian Air Force Historical Squadron, the classic jet scene would be much the poorer. Indeed, in the UK, it would be considerably diminished. Yes, its aircraft are home-based in Norway, but every summer they decamp to Britain and make up significantly for the shortfall in vintage jet activity that recent years have witnessed. Its two de Havilland Vampires, stalwarts of the circuit for a decade, were the only representatives of the 1950s’ front-line RAF able to fly at events celebrating the service’s centenary two years ago. With a two-seat, Polish-built MiG-15 and a CT-133 Silver Star, they now form one of Europe’s most important fleets of Cold War-era types.

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