Touchdown Aviation
military aviation photography - reports - publications - video
WK Meiringen - Swiss Tigers ROAR!
 
F/A-18C Hornet - J-5016 - Swiss Air Force   F/A-18C Hornet - J-5007   F-5E Tiger II - J-3062 - Swiss Air Force   F-5E Tiger II - J-3067 - Fliegerstaffel 8 - Swiss Air Force
 
F-5E Tiger II - J-3079 - Swiss Air Force   F-5E Tiger II - J-3077 - Swiss Air Force   F-5E Tiger II - J-3068 - Swiss Air Force   F-5E Tiger II - J-3069 - Swiss Air Force
 
F/A-18D Hornet - J-5234 - Swiss Air Force

Wiederholungskurs Flst 8 and Flst 11 at Meiringen

Words and photographs Michael van der Mee, additional photography Nico van Remmerden

From March 12th untill March 30th fliegerstaffel 8 equipped with the venerable F-5E/F Tiger II and Fliegerstaffel 11 flying with the F/A-18C/D hornet had their yearly Wiederholungskurs (rehearsal course) from Meiringen airbase in Central Switzerland.

As Meiringen is well know for it`s fantastic photo opportunities Nico van Remmerden and Michael van der Mee went out to cover this exercise for Touchdown Aviation.

From 2011 the F-5`s will be replaced by yet unknown type wich the swiss Air Force is now activly seeking.The Contenders are the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet,The French Rafale and the Saab Grippen.For the fleet comonality it seems logical the Super Hornet makes a fair change to replace the F-5.

As Normally the WK (as the Wiederholungskurs is more known) starts with a few days to work up to wartime conditions flying started wednesday the 14th in the afternoon. Fliegerstaffel 11 started with launching Hornets exactly at 13.30 and what we hoped for, the newly painted Tiger tail also took the skies that afternoon!! After that fliegerstaffel 8 launched their first F5's of many missions to follow, with the number of flying F5's limited, they almost flew round the clock with the same birds.

Thursday night flying started with the F/A-18's and fridaymorning our fantastic week ended with the last F-5 shots of the WK. Looking forward to October.

 
F-5E Tiger II - J-3068 - Swiss Air Force   F-5E Tiger II - J-3079 - Swiss Air Force   F-5E Tiger II - J-3079 - Swiss Air Force   F/A-18C Hornet - J-5025 - Swiss Air Force
 
Touchdown Aviation
 
F-5E Tiger II - J-3062 - Swiss Air Force   Ce-560XL Citation VII - T-784 - Luftransportdienst des Bundes - Swiss Air Force   F/A-18D Hornet - J-5236 - Swiss Air Force   F-5E Tiger II - J-3015 - Fliegerstaffel 18 - Swiss Air Force
 
F/A-18C Hornet - J-5011
 
F/A-18C Hornet - J-5025 - Swiss Air Force   F-5E Tiger II - J-3025 - Fliegerstaffel 11 - Swiss Air Force   F-5E Tiger II - J-3077 - Swiss Air Force   F-5E Tiger II - J-3077 - Swiss Air Force
 
F/A-18C Hornet - J-5010 - Swiss Air Force   F/A-18C Hornet - J-5011 - Fliegerstaffel 11 - Swiss Air Force   F/A-18C Hornet - J-5025   F/A-18C Hornet - J-5007
 
F-5E Tiger II - J-3068 - Swiss Air Force
 
Bookmark and Share