April 2010 - Posts
The Patrouille des Glaciers (PdG) is a ski mountaineering race organized every two years by the Swiss Army, competed by military and civil teams.
There are two different races, the normal and the short one:
Zermatt - Verbier - Arolla: 53 kilometers, equivalent to 110 km / effort.
Arolla - Verbier: 27 kilometers, equivalent to 53 km / effort
Each patrol consists of 3 members who, in order to compete, must practice regularly hiking and mountain races, be very good skiers, skiing "roped" and be able to perform the sections from Zermatt to Arolla in 7,5 hours and from Arolla to Verbier in 8,5 hours. More Informations on Wikipedia.
One of the Highlights each time is the famous Patrouille Suisse during the ceremonies at the end of the race. This year with the new leader, Capt Marc 'Zimi' Zimmerli, I've seen the Team for the first time in 2010.
The Patrouille Suisse approaches - making the last corrections for the overflight of the ceremony. Picture in BIG.
Beautiful Alps and some Fighters - what else do you need ...
It was a great day and for ending the last photo also in BIG
I've made more than 2100 pictures since my last post here, 1900 with Swiss Air Force -Roundels, and I don't know where to begin ....
Ok, let's go chronological and we begin with the 3rd and 4th demotraining of the new Swiss Air Force F/A-18 Solo Display Pilot Ralph 'Deasy' Knittel on 15th april in Payerne !
After three successful years as Hornet Solo Display-Pilot, Cpt Thomas 'Pipo' Peier decided to give his knowledge to 'Deasy' and instructed him in the twoseater and in the simulator.
Here are some impressions of the two trainings on low altitude that day. Have fun
'Pipo' in the backseat - enjoying the nice vortex on a foggy morning with a lot of burners
In the afternoon, 'Deasy' played James Bond and flew his first Solo Display in Hornet '007'
Together with the Swiss Air Force, the Tourist Office of Meiringen organise three big Basevisits each year on the airfield of Meiringen(-Unterbach). The first one was held this week and you can see quite a lot of interesting things here: The new movie about the airfield, dog-school, the maintenance hangar and some flights from inside the base.
Preflight-checks in the morning
Return from the mission
Followed by the pilot school. This pilot will fly one day maybe with Hornets.
Another aircraft of the pilot school from Grenchen Airport
Marshall Aerea - note the 'old' FLIR on Hornet J-5016
Returning home, Meiringen-Style !
The next two basevisits are on 23rd June and 27th October - inscription necessary to the Tourist Office in the link above - hope to see you next time
Ready for a fight ? Bigger Picture
Today's number is 2 (two) ...
- 2 different runways in use (ok ... one runway, but both directions used)
- 2 different types of aircraft in use: NCPC-7 and F-18 Hornet
- 2 different helicopters in use: Cougar and EC-635
and the main reason that led to this list:
- 2 much sun
But now for something completely different - two pictures
Hahaha, thanks for your replies to my 1st of April-Joke of yesterday - and for all us Lovers from french aircraft products I've got two more pictures of the 2005 visit from french navy Super Etendard's Modernisée
Yesterday was a great day in Payerne, the Swiss Air Force received the 1st of 12 used Super Etendard's of the French Marine. This is a gift from french president Sarkozy in preparation for the possible future use of the new Rafale-Fighters and to reduce the flighthours of the Tiger-Fleet. Due to the political (and financial) situation in Switzerland, the order for new Fighters (TTE, Tiger TeilErsatz) was - as you maybe know - already two times postphoned.
During Evaluation for the TTE - meaning the Partial Tiger F-5 Replacement - armasuisse had tested Gripen, Eurofighter and Rafale for use in Swiss Air Force. TTE is only used for political reasons ('cause in the future there are no more Miliz-Pilots planned on Fighter Jet's in Switzerland), you will read now often the new term of NFA, meaning NewFighterAircraft, as it's the real thing. With the Tigers gone, only professional pilots will fly fighters in Switzerland. But don't say that to the opposition ;)
The Super Etendard with Immatriculation J-6001 in Box 8 at Payerne