The Silence Twister started life as a world beating radio controlled aerobatic machine simply known as the Twister. It had been developed by Matthias and Thomas Strieker in Germany and was so successful that they decided to build a “real” version of the model. Team Leader Peter Wells saw the first production Silence SA180 Twister at the 2004 Aero Airshow at Friedrichshafen in Germany. He was looking at scratch building a composite single seat aerobatic aircraft – a modern day Fournier RF4 and found that some-one had already done it!
2013 was another busy year. A third Twister, G-JINX, joined the fleet with a number of enhancements including a centre-line hard-point for ferry tanks, storage or even more pyrotechnic effects. To mark the 25th Sunderland International Airshow the team even preformed a three-ship pyrotechnic routine for the event’s Launch Party. Also at the beginning of the season, the team were delighted to give Will Hilton, an Air League Scholarship pilot, the chance to display a Twister at the Abingdon Air & Country Show where Peter had first met him as an Air Cadet in 2008!