En dag i F-104G Starfighter Eskadrille 726 på Flyvestation Aalborg – sommer 1969

It’s early morning at airbase Aalborg A new days training flight is about to start Here is the squadron’s landmark an F-84G, which was the squadron’s first fighter type in the early 1950s The squadron’s hangar, a wooden hangar built by the Germans during World War II This is the 726 squadron’s first coat of arms It has subsequently been replaced by a more heraldic correct, as seen on the tail of one of the squadron’s planes After the tasks have been distributed to the aircraft technicians they come out of the hangar, heading out to the flight line, where our F-104G aircraft are lined up For start-up of the aircraft both an electric generator and a compressor are needed Compressed air is used to bring the engine up to speed, so that combustion can begin Filling with liquid oxygen Liquid oxygen takes up much less space than gaseous oxygen and an oxygen converter converts the liquid oxygen into gaseous oxygen before it reaches the pilot’s oxygen mask The aircraft cannon is about to be loaded and here we see how the ammunition for the 20mm M61 Vulcan cannon is led up through a ramp using a crank The cannon has 6 rotating gun barrels and here a technician turns the drum so that all 6 barrels are charged

After an inspection round the pilot has ensured that all hatches are closed and that everything looks correct before the flight starts Then the pilot inspects his ejection seat and begins fastening of harness for both parachute and seat itself Pilot and responsible aircraft maintenance officer goes through the last checks before driving out The rudder surfaces are tested The aircraft’s air brakes are opened so that the technician can check for hydraulic leaks The pilot lowers the plane’s flaps, first to half position and then all way down The assistant maintenance officer feels that the ‘Boundary Layer Control System’ airflow is as it should be over the flap, and the flap is raised again The compressed air supply hose is removed Everything is clear for driving out At the stand just before the runway, the aircraft’s missile is checked with a pocket lamp The pilot can hear if the infrared search head works Then the last securing pins are removed On the way out, the aim is checked

Here we fly along the coast off Svinkløv and in a moment the small limestone cliff Skarreklit pops up Here it enters the picture. It has now disappeared, washed away by the sea in 1978 We fly through the low-flying area in Thy

Here you can really see that this is a handheld camera At the airbase, the ground crew enjoy the good weather while waiting for the aircraft to come back They play a game of volleyball Should you, despite the good weather, be in doubt as to where you are a glance at the radar shows that we are approaching the bridge at Aggersund And then there is not so far to the cottage area in Trend Here is a steep climb up through a cloud cover At the top we see how the clouds disappear under us during the powerful ascent And then we roll out on the top – high, high above the clouds And then it’s time to turn the nose home and get a firm ground under the feet Here we try to follow No. 2 in the landing round

The house behind is the squadron building with offices, briefing rooms etc Years back it was Vadum’s poorhouse