March 2010 - Posts
Heavy rain and stormy winds had'nt stopped Grimmi with his bicycle to visit Payerne Air Base for a couple of hours yesterday. And as a reward I had seen my 1st time 'Police'-titled EC-635 !
It flew some very spectacular approaches to train one of the 'Commandos' of Police - with fast roping and so ... the times they trained this with Alouette III's are now gone ...
This Weekend a small Airshow is planned in Grenchen, specially for Helicopters. On the Flyer you can see an german SeaKing and for taking pictures of this rare seen helicopter in Switzerland I tried to organise a air-to-air photosession. But - the SeaKing went cancelled due to operational reasons.
The photoship was already organised, now I decided to fetch another helicopter - and the German Army announced its appearance with 'the Monster', Sikorsky's CH-53G !
With our Emeraude (Smaragd) CP 301 S HB - SEL we waited above Interlaken - what a scenery
We had taken radio contact with the CH-53G when it was flying over Brienz and turned in to fetch
Yesterday I've visited Grandvillard again to catch some more action. Unfortunately the weather was again not really on my side, but I was lucky to catch a grey Tiger !
Normally only the red-white Tigers of the Patrouille Suisse where in use for such trainings of ground-based Air Defense in Switzerland.
This time only a short notice... I've made also a little video of the game last week ...
please enjoy the low level flying in the land of the best cheese !
Yesterday I've visited the training area of Grandvillard near Gruyéres (yes, that famous area of the good cheese, Fondue and Meringues !!!).
What did I wanted to do there ? Hmm, I think I was better informed then those guys there:
That group is called an 'Stinger FE', meaning a firegroup of the famous Stinger shoulder launched Anti-Aircraft-Missile (pdf, german). Around such groups you can find now the new ALERT-Reccon-groups (pdf, german). During my military service I was also an Recce, but without this Radar. Anyway, the work as Recce is the same - inform the FE-groups which a/c comes from which direction. Then they have to leave their hideout and try to lock the target.
But that can pose some difficulty :
Have you found the target ???
Anyway - sometimes you can see them quite well and it was a great fun to watch this hide-and-seek-game. Maybe I will visit this area next week again, 'cause I wanna see the F-5 Tiger hiding.