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Swiss Air Force Aerobatic Display Team Patrouille Suisse Performs Flypast over Wrong Place
The Patrouille Suisse had to perform a flypast over Langenbruck to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Swiss aviator Oskar Bider’s death, instead the team flew over the neighbouring town of Mulumvil-Ramessville, where the 31st Northwest Swiss Youth Festival was taking place. On Saturday Jul. 6, 2019 the Swiss Air Force aerobatic display team...
Saab to deliver first 2 Gripen E fighters to Brazilian and Swedish Air Forces in 2019
An offer to complement the Gripen E test aircraft with an operational Gripen C aircraft for the flight tests in June 2019 has not been accepted by the Swiss defence procurement agency. Saab has announced that the Gripen E fighter will not be heading to Payerne, Switzerland for flight tests this month.
That time a Swiss Air Force F-5 Pilot was hit in his thigh by a lightning that penetrated his Tiger cockpit
“Just as the first words from the radar operator came in "ten miles long final, gear down", I felt a heavy blow, as though a hammer hit my left thigh,” Urs Ramel, Swiss Air Force F-5 Pilot. The F-5 was developed by Northrop for export through the Military Assistance Program (MAP) in February...
Swiss Air Force evaluates Dassault Rafale Omnirole aircraft to replace its ageing fighter fleet
The Dassault Rafale, with its “Omnirole” capabilities, is the right answer to the capability approach selected by the Swiss Government. As already reported Switzerland kicked off the fly competition for the five types of combat aircraft under consideration (Eurofighter Typhoon, the Boeing F-18 Super Hornet, the Dassault Rafale, the Lockheed Martin F-35A and the...
Here’s why the F-16N had been the finest adversary fighter ever flown by the U.S. Navy
From the U.S. Navy perspective, short of actually having a Fulcrum or Flanker, the F-16N was as close to a real dissimilar fighter as they could get. The F-16 has the distinction of being the only 4th generation adversary that has served with the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Air Force (USAF)....
Last Axalp Air Power Demonstration for Swiss Air Force F-5 Tiger IIs
2018 edition of Axalp exercise will be remembered for having been the last one for Swiss Air Force F-5 Tiger IIs Taken on Oct. 11, 2018 the photos in this post show Swiss Air Force air assets in action during the annual Axalp Air Power Demonstration. Held at Ebenfluh firing range near the summit of the 7,614 feet (2,321m) high Axalphorn mountain in central...
Swiss Air Force plans to retire 27 F-5 fighters this year
The service will be left with 26 active F-5 fighters The Swiss military has indicated of its desire to retire 27 Northrop F-5s from service. Four aircraft have already been donated to museums. The rest have been grounded and buyers have been found. Switzerland will be left with 26 active F-5s. These aircraft will flank the Swiss Air Force F/A-18 Hornets...
One of a kind variants of the mighty F-5 fighter
The simple and lightweight F-5 airframe proved to be extremely adaptable to a variety of uses, some of which required extensive modifications to the airframe The following article titled Ultimate and unusual F-5s  appeared in issue 19 – Northrop F-5 of Aviation Classic. The simple and lightweight F-5 airframe proved to be extremely adaptable to a variety of uses, some of which...
Former VFC-13 Adversary Pilot explains how you can fly and fight in the iconic F-5 Tiger II
"I once matched an F-14D through a double-Immelman, though at the top I was desperately stirring the pot clawing for purchase. But the Tomcat driver was so unnerved that he was off his game for the rest of the fight. It was in this way that the F-5 actualized its mission. It was a pilot’s machine that rewarded its...
Royal Thai Air Force to arm F-5s with IRIS-T
The new procurement plans to integrate the missile onto the F-5, making IRIS-T a standard armament of the Royal Thai Air Force Diehl Defence announced that Thailand has placed an order for another batch of the company’s IRIS-T short-range air-to-air missiles and these will be used by the Royal Thai Air Force’s F-5s. The missile has been integrated on Thailand’s F-16s...

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