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Text & Pictures : Guy Liesse ę sbap 2011



Sion Breitling airshow was the most important air fair of Switzerland in 2011. The event held from 16th until 18th September was organized to underline the 75 years of the "Valais aeroclub" and the international character of Sion airport was the reason to organize this event there. The main organization was performed by the well know Swiss chronograph company and around the airport the publicity for this top watch maker was quite visible. The program was chosen to present a mix of old flying machine with piston engines, new generation jet fighter, smooth gliders, rotary wings, hot air balloon, jet man from civil and military horizon. Big news in airshow world, the organizer had also set a conduct line taking care of the ecology, calculating the presentations to have as less as possible greenhouse gas effect. All the conditions were present to make from this event an exceptional airshow, except...the weather more than capricious on Saturday and Sunday avoiding the fair weather demonstrations of the aerobatic teams and other powerful jets. Despite the weather, some 63.000 visitors came to the Valais capital airport to admire the demonstration and so contribute to the success of this event.
Guy Liesse propose a pictorial overview of this event, mostly taken on Friday in good weather conditions and some of Saturday to underline the difference...enjoy your visit in the Valais area.

A verry special and pleasant bar !
The early years of aviation : Bleriot XI
Grandjean III Santos Dumont "Demoiselle" n░20
One of the most modern Swiss productions... ...the Pilatus PC-21
Pilatus PC-6 "Turbo portter", a military and civil commercial success Pilatus P.2-06
Alfred Conte AC-4 Morane-Saulnier MS406
Yakovlev YAK 9UM Morane-Saulnier MS317
Beechcraft B-18 Bombardier Chalanger from REGA company
Suprmarine Spitfire Mk IX Always a star in the airshow...
BŘcker B█ 131 Jungmann Stampe & Vertongen SV4c
Max Holste MH-1521 "Super Broussard" Rockwell OV-10 "Bronco" from MontÚlimar flying museum
Mudry CAP 10B from the "Cap Tens" team Extra EA300/SC
Aerospatial "Lama" from Air Zermat Eurocopter EC-135 T2 from Air Zermat
Eurocopter EC-120B Eurocopter EC-130B4 from Heli Alps
Sikorsky S-76B Swiss Air Force Eurocopter EC-635
Saab JAS 39D "Grippen from Sweden Eurofighter Typhoon from the German Luftwaffe
Belgian Air Force with a Lockheed Martin F-16B/M
Grumman TBM-3E "Avenger" In French navy colours
Hawker Sea Fury FB Mk.11 Faichild UC-61A  "Argus"

The wonderful Breitling Lockheed Super Constellation

Convai PBY-5 "Catalina"  
Historic formation with a DC-3 and 2 Beech B-18 Douglas C-47B
Douglas DC-3A One more Breitling preservation !
In D-Day color scheme Full metal Swissair
Breitling wing walkers team Preparing for the show
Oil of the engine, charm of the woman on the wings Split in the mountains
The "PC-7" team and the F/A-18 of the swiss Air Force The perfection in the formation
Breitling Jet Team The L-39 "Albatros" in action
With sun... ...with rain

Swiss Air Force "Super Puma" solo display

Eurofighter Typhoon solo display presented by the German Luftawaffe JG73  
Rafale from the 1/7 "Provence" French Air Force  
30.000 flight hours colours and... ... the "Petit Prince" of Antoine de Saint Exupery

The French Air Force demonstration tem :
"La Patrouille de France"

French smokes in the Valais mountains  
The Swiss national team : "Patrouille Suisse"  
Beautifull landscape and loved more comments needed...


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