It's a shame - people have holidays and most interesting bases like Meiringen and Payerne are closed Meiringen actually the second month (due touristic and political reasons) and Payerne as mainbase during August. Only Emmen is housing a couple of Hornets and Tigers this month with activity.
But this summer - if we can call it like that with rain/snow and wind - Payerne showed some very nice Formations. Some of my shots from June and July 2011 - have fun
above and down: 16th June was the last flight of the french exchange pilot. Two nice formations and a nice break on Hornet'007 - bonne rentré en france mon ami
Formation in BIG
Due the Air Force Day on 27th July, a Tiger clears the airspace in the last seconds for the demonstrations of the Helicopters.
The Air Force Day is something like a commercial of the Air Force. They invite young officers from all the troops in Switzerland for showing them the possibilities of a career in the Air Force.
With a lot of static and flying activity they should be very successful . The Formation is also available in BIG.
And for fighting the cold of this summer I had to go deep in my archives - how about an 'BBQ french-style ?' in BIG
A nice Airshow was held also this year again on former Swiss Air Force's Base Mollis - in use with F-5 E/F Tiger II 'till 1998, later for Helicopters.
How do you know that you are there ? Easy - quite a lot of very intriguing architectonic masterpieces where based in the area - but please do not say it
Mollis is located on the right side of the Linth valley, in the middle inbetween Zurich and Chur. It includes the area from the Linth Canal and Walensee to the Schlattbach in the Netstal and consists of the village of Mollis and the hamlets of Beglingen on the Kerenzerberg and the alpine settlement of Mullern. Nearby can be found a thrust fault that was declared a geologic UNESCO world heritage site, under the name Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona, in 2008.
With so many mountains around the airfield, Mollis is destined for some Air-to-Air photography 'Grimmi Style'
Nearly everything on this picture was used by the Swiss Air Force - beginning from the left:
- Hawker Hunter T68 J-4206 in Tiger livery, belonging to the Flying Museum in Altenrhein as HB-RVV
- GMC-truck (yellow), used by the fire brigade on Swiss military airfields 'till the millennium years. This car was used to save the pilot out of the aircraft.
- FBW-truck (olive) for fuel, used 'till 2010 on some bases. FBW stays for Franz Brozincevic Wetzikon, see also http://www.fbw.ch
- Pilatus PC-7 training aircraft A-907, belonging to the Flying Museum in Altenrhein as T7-FMA
and in use of the Swiss Air Force in this livery 'till 2006.
- Junkers JU-52 / 3mg4e HB-HOP, former A-703, in use by Swiss Air Force 'till 1981.
- Hawker Hunter F58 J-4086 in Patrouille Suisse livery,
belonging to the Flying Museum in Altenrhein as HB-RVU
- De Havilland DH-115 Vampire T55 U-1208, belonging to the Flying Museum in Altenrhein as HB-RVF
All of Swiss Air Force's Display Teams where present - PC-7 Team, Super Puma Display Team, Hornet Display and Patrouille Suisse
Patrouille Suisse in BIG
For the second time I had the possibility to use Nikon's new D5100 DSLR, and again I made a film in HD
Due the temporary closure of Emmen and Meiringen during summer, nearly all available aircrafts are now in Payerne. I had the chance to test Nikon's new D5100 DSLR, amazing what this little body can do
Filmed in HD
I can proudly present the Swiss Air Force's PC-7 Team in the new coloration - welcome to 'The golden PC-7 Team'
Ha - Got'ya
It's of course no new coloration in memory of Col Gaddaffi's Gold in our Banks - but due the late evening display over the lake of Murten we had some very special effects to enjoy
Link Wake & Jam
For the 20th and last time, the Aerotique-Association called in a RIO on the small airfield near the city of Fribourg. With the famous Catalina and the PC-7 Team of the Swiss Air Force they announced already two top acts - and both where there on time. And due to the good connections and perfect meteo, quite a lot of Oldtimers found their way to the land of Milk and cheese
The official Flyer - very nice artwork of the Catalina
Swiss Air Force's PC-7 Team - Perfection and very nice weather. Formation in BIG
Followed by the 2nd Team with Pilatus-manufactured aircraft - the P-3 Flyers
I learned why this a/c received her name - Maule MX-7-235 Star Rocket - very impressive !
And of course the big fish - the Catalina with a very nice crew
This Weekend is the International Airshow on the Airfield of Berne.
I love Berne - and you want to know why ?
Simple - I wanna feel younger some years Mirages on Low Level !!!
With the Hunter you can win some more years of your youth
And last but not least - the PC-7 Team !!!
Already some time ago - but I had quite a lot to do the last weeks...
The Hornet's where now already back in Switzerland.
Today there where the first Low level Trainings 2011 in Payerne. For his 2nd year as Display Pilot, Ralph «Deasy» Knittel made already an impressive show. You can enjoy him during those airshows listet:
Cambrai (F) 14.-15.5.
St. Dizier (F) 18.-19.6.
Zeltweg (A) 1.-2.7.
Koksijde (B) 6.-7.7.
Some impressions from today
Not that I can say I was not on a airbase lately, but the time to prepare my different homepages is not crowing from trees ....
But this video I've got to put online as fast as possible - it was incredible ! Have fun, and yes - my april-fool of this year was the Heavy Utility Helico on the last post - the vehicle was lifted by an Super Puma of course
Switzerland uses the so called Miliz-System in the Army, meaning the big part of our Army are not professionals. That means each Guy has to make a so called 'Rekrutenschule' (recruiting school) of 18-21 weeks before he can be called a soldier. After this School we have to solve each year 14 days of Army Service for some years - seven times with school of 18 weeks and six with 21.
During each school the recruits can present themself to their family and friends. This photo report is from the Family day of Fl RS 81 at Payerne.
Heavy Utility Helicopter EC635 !!!
Quite a difference if you know the cockpit of the Alouette III - the latter only in static
Also not visible regularly is the auxiliary tank of the Super Puma/Cougar with 475 Liters. It can be installed in the cabin.
Super Puma Display Team - they rock !!!
And yes, 1st of April is near ... somewhere in this post I've made a small improvement with Photoshop
Normally, the pilots of FlSt 8 fly's with Airbus around the world - but from time to time they change in the Fightercockpit af the famous F-5 Tiger II ! Enjoy some pictures from Sion on 16th of February
If you can see more than one wheel then you are drunk ! Or not
If you wanna see Tigers - and only Tigers - then Sion is the place to be !
04th February 2011
During a short visit yesterday I've made some nice shots with sun and blue sky. Hornet '009 shows you the fascinating mechanism of gear recovery. Note also the very clean doors.
With a little luck, one of the Hornets made some technical errors during startup and the pilot had to change into the spare-aircraft for the mission - the special decorated J-5018
During there mission over the canton of Wallis I had time to catch some Helicopters. No more Alouette III in duty of the Swis Air Force means more Eurocopters in Payerne - here T-358 and 366 on the Tarmac.
In the background an interesting sight - two Hunter's and a not modernized PC-7 !
Hunter J-4003 was used for training the mechanics - but missing a lot of parts and better not to be seen from near . The other two aircrafts belonging to the Museum Clin d'Ailes.
And with the returning Hornets I was also leaving. C u next time
Saturday, 29th January
Oh yes - after nearly a week in the fog, the sun came back also to Payerne. But the first departures where again in the fog
The Sun came with the Tigers - here you can see 'the Which' during taxiing for the flight behind the seven mountains
J-5005 in BIG (1400px)
A Picture possible during WEF nearly every hour at X:40h LT - Hornets and Tigers taking off for their mission.
Tiger J-3030 also in BIG (1400px)
I was standing there again 'till late in the evening. But with very good company with some of the best photographers in Swiss Military Aviation Photography it's never too cold to go home
Friday, 28th January
Each year at the end of January, when you can see hundreds of photographers/Spotters hanging around Swiss Airfields, it is time for the WEF. Not a Fan of civil aircrafts, Grimmi can be found on the actual military base supporting the WEF - this year it's Payerne (LSMP).
Also for the pilots it must be a special kick to see so many 'Powerlovers' around the field - this year I've seen people from Germany, the Netherlands, France, Italy and from the United Kingdom ! Apart from all the Swiss Fanatics of course
J-5023 departs Payerne in the early morning for another mission over Davos.
The Tiger-Hornet of Fighter Squadron 11 was also transferred to Payerne - unfortunately he had technical problems and so not seen flying with real ammunition.
The Hornets flies with Live Ammunition, AIM-9X Sidewinder and AIM-120B Amraam. Training Rounds have Blue stripes, Live ones Yellow.
Three of the Hornets where flying with the new ATFLIR-Pod
Swiss Tigers flies with AIM-9P5 Sidewinder
Sorry Folks, end of the pictures from Friday - but Payerne is ready and tomorrow you can find here some pictures from sunny Saturday !
Like every year, some people called themself 'World Leaders' held a summit high up in the Swiss Alps. Davos is the name of the small city and for the security of that group of politicians and CEO's the Swiss Air Force installs a temporars 'No Fly-Zone' in the area.
This year the Fighters, including F-5 Tiger and F/A-18 Hornet, are flying out of Payerne for the summit.
Today 'till Monday nearly every traffic around Davos is quite forbidden and the Fighters are flying with real armament (canons loaded, AIM-9P5 (F-5) and AIM-9X (F/A-18) Sidewinder, AIM-120B Amraam (F/A-18)). Our F-5's are flying during daytime from 0800-1800h, and the Hornets during Day and Night.
I've managed to catch some regular traffic in Payerne last Monday - not yet armed but on Training Missions above Davos. Have Fun with my Pictures !
The Swiss AF's Cessna Citation played a 'Targed' for an exercise above Davos
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