Embraer in Belgian service

Text : Serge Van Heertum    Pictures: Serge Van Heertum & Luc Dujardin - ©SBAP 2011 

 

Meiringen Luftkommando Payerne Luftkommando Luftwaffe Emmen Luftkommando Dübendorf Luftkommando

A trip in Switzerland in October…this was of course to go to the well-known annual shooting exercise and Swiss Air Force demonstration held at Axalp-Ebenfluh shooting range.

At our arrival the Tuesday noon, the weather was perfect and the demonstration rehearsal was already ongoing heralding two perfect and well busy days in the Valais Mountains. But at the end of the afternoon we received a call from the Swiss Air Force communication command that the exercise and demonstration were completely canceled for the two coming days…

The days before our arrival the weather conditions in the Berner-Oberland were very bad with heavy rain. This area and mostly the village of Frutigen located at around 50 kilometers of Axalp were suffering of heavy flood and catastrophic landslides. Due to these circumstances, the Swiss Air Force decided to cancel the Axalp event, so the helicopter fleet foreseen for the security and emergency purposes could be used for securing the locals and the animals in difficulties and out of normal reachability. This was the good choice, an Air Force need to be in first place present for the population in emergency situation instead of any exercise or public demonstrations. SBAP would like to congratulate the Swiss Air Force authorities for this decision but also for the perfect organization. All the hotels around Meiringen airbase were contacted by the communication team to warn the customers that the event was canceled, so there was no need to go for a trip into the mountains.

But the week was reserved for a general fighter exercise and besides the Axalp demonstration, all the planned missions like air to air combat or air to ground shoot were maintained but not on the Axalp range. This was the opportunity to witness the operations departing from Meiringen airbase. As you will see in the photo pages, the activity was heavy and the participating aircraft did 3 or 4 missions a day. This was also the occasion to see much kind of aircraft used by the Swiss Air Force.

Regarding this cancelation, we have modified our program and decided to go at other bases and museum in this beautiful and aviation minded country.

Our program:

October 11th: Meiringen operations
October 12th: Meiringen operations
October 13th: Meiringen operations (morning), Payerne operations (afternoon) and Clin d’Ailes air museum
October 14th: Emmen operations (morning) and Dübendorf Air Force center (afternoon)
 

Boeing F/A-18 C/D "Hornet"

J-5002

J-5004

J-5007

J-5011 Tiger Tail

J-5013

J-5014

J-5017 Falcons Tail

J-5018 Panthers Tail

J-5019

J-5022

J-5023

J-5026 Martien nose art

J-5233

J-5236

J-5237

J-5238

Northrop F-5E "Tiger II"

J-3030

J-3033

J-3044 Staffel 19

J-3052

J-3065 Flugplatzkommando 13

J-3067 Eagle 13

J-3068

J-3070 "Jusqu’au bout" CP AV 6

J-3079

J-3080 Patrouille Suisse

J-3089 Patrouille Suisse

J-3095
 

 

 

 

Eurocopter EC-635

T-351

T-354 SAR

T-358

T-361

T-362









 

 

Aerospatial AS 332M
"SUPER PUMA
"

T-313

T-323

T-336

T-337

T-339

T-342

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pilatus PC-6
V-612 LT Staffel 7

V-613
V-614

V-617 LT Staffel 7

V-622 "Felix" Patrouille Suisse
V-632
 

Pilatus PC-7

A-928

A-939

A-936

A-941

 

 

 

Pilatus PC-21
A-10
4
A-
106

De Havilland DHC-6 300 Twin Otter
T-741

 

 

ADR 95 "Ranger" UAV

D-125

D-126

D-12?

 

 

 

 

 

Civil

EC-145 HB-ZRC Rega

A-109 HB-ZRT Rega
A-109K2 HB-XWC "Schweiz Luftambulanz"

Robin DR-400-180R  HB-KEZ Swiss federal office for civil aviation

Robin DR-400-180R  HB-KEY Swiss federal office for civil aviation

Meiringen Airbase

Payerne Airbase

Emmen Airbase

Payerne Airbase

Dübendorf Airbase




SBAP Team on duty...
Embraer in Belgian service

 

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