The “Patrulla Ascua” (Ember Patrol) was the Ejército del Aire (Spanish AF) original jet aerobatic team. Established in 1956 with members of the 1ª Ala de Cazas (1st Fighter Wing) of Manises (Valencia), this formation operated until 1965 apart of a period of inactivity from 1958 to 1961.
A Sabre of the “Ascua” ready to show its skills at Spangdahlen (West Germany), May, 20 1962. It wears the sublime livery of the team second period of activities. Notice the powder soot around its .50’s…not just an aerial dancer.
Photo: D.W. Menard’s archives.