Whisky-4 Aerobatic

The “Whiskey Four” aerobatic display team was formed in 1956 at the RNLAF’s Woensdrecht Air Base. All four pilots were instructors from the Flight Training school located there and they flew Gloster Meteors fighters.

Aerobatic: Dutch


Founded 1956

Fleet size:  4x Lockheed T-33 T-Bird

Whisky Four was a demonstration team of the Royal Air Force. The name refers to the letter W, the first letter of home base Woensdrecht according to the NATO spelling alphabet and the number of aircraft used during shows. The Whisky Four team consisted of instructors from the former Fighter Pilot Training at Woensdrecht Air Base.

Whisky Four flew officially for the first time in 1956 at a brevet ceremony with five Gloster Meteors Mk IV and consisted then of RAF flight instructor Flight-Lieutenant Willson as team leader and First Lieutenants Blaauw, Mik, van Oorschot and van Kemenade. In connection with flying Meteors, Willson was temporarily seconded to fighter pilot training. The team was manned by ‘normal’ military pilots and because of courses, transfers and somewhat later replacement by another type of aircraft, the composition changed periodically. The aircraft used were also random training aircraft of the fighter pilot training.

Aircraft types used

From 1956
4 Lockheed T-33A’s van 313 Squadron

From 1967
Republic F-84 Thunderstreak

Lockheed T-33A T-Bird Shootingstar

The Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star (or T-Bird) is a subsonic American jet trainer. It was produced by Lockheed and made its first flight in 1948. The T-33 was developed from the Lockheed P-80/F-80 starting as TP-80C/TF-80C in development, then designated T-33A. It was used by the U.S. Navy initially as TO-2, then TV-2, and after 1962, T-33B. The last operator of the T-33, the Bolivian Air Force, retired the type in July 2017, after 44 years of service.