Ok, not really an Airshow - but an Open Day with some activity in the air (meaning not only the rain) ...
Yes, the Weather was not really on our side this year for the 100-years celebrations of Aviation in Switzerland. The biggest event in Emmen was already under heavy rain and Payerne was coming near. But the personnel of the base and the organisators had made there best and I have to admit - I was really stunned to see what they prepared for 'only' an Open Day !!!
My main 'target' for those two days was the new SHOTS - Swiss Hornet Tactical Simulator - now up to four pilots can train the same time with a resolution of the ground upto 0.5m !
The 'old' Simulator - F/A-18 WTT (Weapons Tactics Trainer) - was in service in between January 1997 'till February 2009. More pictures of the new/old simulator can be seen on the official Homepage (german/french).
Flying activity during the Open Day's includes some older and newer aircrafts of the history in Swiss and worldwide Aviation.
Together with an Antonov AN-2 the biggest visitors was the famous DC-3 in Breitling-scheme:
One of the many biplanes was the colorful Stampe-SV4A
The Swiss Air Force dominated the sky with the PC-7 Team, Super Puma Display Team and Hornet Solo Demo - and on the ground we had the possibility to 'touch' the new FLIR-Pod
The Leader of the PC-7 Team trains his neck-muscles
and 'Deasy' during dirty fly-bye and high-g-turn (latter in BIG)
Good Bye also to you - 'till the next show in two Weeks at Axalp Airshow on Ebenfluh Shooting Range !
For the 1st time the Swiss Air Force had gone to the TLP in Spain (before it was in Belgium). The Tactical Leadership Programme is an international exercise held in different courses each year.
This Morning, five Hornets leaved Payerne with three external tanks each and will be coming back 8th October.
F/A-18C J-5004 with folded Wings departs from the southern Boxes - normally used by F-5 E/F Tiger II aircrafts. The other three C-versions going to Spain where J-5008, J-5019 and J-5023 - joined by the F/A-18D Hornet J-5237.
On Monday I've not seen the whished jets at Payerne - but NAVCHECKER'311 (Flight Calibration Services Beech 350 Super King Air) made some very nice calibration flights with low passes for the photographers