Thursday, 14 February 2013

The Patrouille Suisse will disappear from the aerial landscape from 2016

The Defence Minister Ueli Maurer expects to be without the services of the famous Patrouille Suisse in 2016. Formation aerobatic flight of Air Force enthusiasm for decades spectators in Switzerland and abroad.

The F-5E Tiger aircraft in the colors red-white air should disappear from the landscape, Maurer revealed through a committee meeting of the security policy of the National Council (SPC) on the Gripen aircraft. The Chair of the Committee Chantal Galladé (PS / ZH) confirmed this to the ats information published in the "Basler Zeitung" on Wednesday.

Ms. Galladé discussed the possibility of hiring older models Gripen in 2016 to ensure the transition between the F-5E Tiger and new Gripen aircraft. Mr. Maurer has not ruled out in the future to make occasional demonstrations of aerobatic flying with other devices. These would relate nonetheless more national colors.

Big popularity

Founded August 22, 1964 on the occasion of the National Exhibition and in anticipation of the fiftieth anniversary of the Swiss Air Force, the Patrouille Suisse is comprised of the best professional riders in the country, we learn on the official website of the Air Force Swiss. Quickly appreciated by the general public, it makes its first demonstration abroad in France in 1978.

It was not until 1991 and the celebrations of 700 years of Confederation to see the wings of planes of color red and white, to the delight of the spectators. Another significant change came a few years later with the replacement aircraft for the benefit of Hunter F-5E Tiger, faster and more flexible to use.

Dramatic effects

The Patrouille Suisse team in 1996 six jets of an installation for blowing smoke, making his "shows" even more attractive.

Based in Emmen (LU), the formation aerobatic control a total of 20 responding figures among others the names of "milking chair" or "fondue fork."

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