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Lars Ness

Spitfire Pilot

Lars Ness

Lars was born in the city of Levanger, Norway and can now be found in the town of Maura just north of Oslo. His passion for aviation came through his father who was a pilot in the local flying club.  In 1984 he started flying gliders which was followed by a commercial pilots education in the USA.

In a little less than three years in the USA he flew as a basic and instrument instructor, cargo pilot, cropduster pilot and aerobatics instructor.  In 1988 Lars moved back to Norway and flew the Beech King Air as an air ambulance captain, before getting a job flying the Boeing 737 for the Norwegian carrier Braathens SAFE in 1993.  Scandinavian Airlines, SAS, is his present employer, where he still flies the Boeing 737 and has been doing so as a captain since 1999.

Flying for fun has always been a keen interest especially aerobatics and historic aircraft flying. Low level, tail wheel and formation flying, as well as aerobatics, gave Lars the right kind of experience to be introduced to Warbirds flying at the end of his stay in the USA.

Consequently in 1989, he was taken on as a pilot with the former Scandinavian Historic Flight, and has since flown displays in the P-51 Mustang, A-26 Invader and Spitfire all over Europe. When not flying for SAS or chasing clouds in a Warbird, he enjoys flying his own Bucker Jungmann. Lars has held a UK and Norwegian Display Authorization since 1989 and is one of the founders and the chairman of the Norwegian Spitfire Foundation.

Lars has been a member of the team since 2014.

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