in Switzerland is synonymous with mountains and exercises, better
known as Axalp.
was the main event in 2014 with Axalp being postponed to 2015. So it
was time to pack, take the picture gear and climb all the way up to
the shooting range at Ebenfluh to immortalize the F-5, F/A-18 and
other helicopters of the Aviation Militaire Suisse (Swiss Military
October 06 we checked in at the hotel and the rest of the day was
used for a little reconaissance of the Meiringen airbase and its
surroundings in a beautiful mountainous setting.
already unpredictable mother nature was playing up. Next morning we
stayed at Meiringen with exercises being held but not at the
shooting range of Ebenfluh. We then paid a visit to Emmen airbase,
but the weather here was as bad as at Meiringen and not much of
flying activities were going on.
thursday the organizers of the exercise took the decision to awaiten
the meteorological conditions as to decide by 08.00hrs if the
program could go on. As we had to climb all the way up to Ebenfluh,
we could not await this decision and started off at 04.00hrs. Sadly
the exercise was called of around 13.30hrs and so it was useless to
stayed below the cloud base and had the opportunity to see and
picture some F/A-18 in action, not really in detail or close by, but
in their natural mountainous habitat. A little different from our
“flat” landscape at home. In short a non-event at exercise level
but nevertheless with some beautiful images.
our day to return back home… No more clouds and a splendid
sunshine… really maddening !
leaving Switzerland we halted at the Schilthorn allowing us to see
helicopters in action in a magical setting and to run across some
thrill seeking paragliders.
will never regret your travel to Axalp as there is always something
going on, perhaps just to admire the greatness of the sceneries only
Switzerland can offer.
for now, the first week of October 2016 is already booked in our