On January 23, 1997 the Swiss Air Force received the first of 34 F/A-18 Hornet fighters. The Hornet constitute the key-element of the Swiss Air Force untill today. In October 2008 the milestone of 50,000 flight hours has been reached with the type, mainly employed for Air Police task, both in the normal daily work and on the occasion of events as "World Economic Forum" (WEF) or "EURO 08".
For training the Hornets regularly deploy to Norway for night flying and low level training as the possibilities are limited in the restricted Swiss airspace. Next to that the Hornets regularly participate in Partnership for Peace exercises. Also at the ELITE exercises they are well known guests. Due to the increased noiselevel that the Hornets produce the jets deploy also to Sion, Meiringen and abroad to reduce local noise levels.
On the contrary, the Air Police task is carried out on a daily bases. On a specific order, the F/A-18 can be retracted from ongoing exercises and be employed for the identification, or to intercept airplanes not announced via radio, that have technical failure or have violated eventual limits of air space.