EPERVIER 2012 - the Storks are back !
This yearly Franco-Swiss Exercice is held again at Payerne Air Base in western Switzerland. L'escadron de Chasse 'CIGOGNES' flew five of there Mirage 2000-5F from Luxeuil (last summer the Squadron was transferred there from Dijon) to Switzerland, supported by an (Air Refueling) Transall from Evreux and a Mirage 2000B.
Stork's are famous of giving Birth wherever they arrive
The french Part included on the 1st of two weeks the following aircrafts:
M2000-5F: 116-EA spec c/s, 116-ED, 116-EL, 116-FZ and 116-MG
Alphajet for support: 118-FE and 118-AH
The Sparring Partners of the Mirages where Hornets from all three Hornet-Squadrons of Switzerland - here one of them fighting against very low clouds in the vincinity of Payerne.
Rain, Snow and stormy Winds where forcing everything from the Photographers, the aircrafts and the Crews.
Landing Mirage in BIG
The Exercise ends on April, 27th - c u @ Payerne