Axalp je majhna vasica, ki leži nad Brienzom v osrednji Švici na nadmorski višini 1535m. Če pa omenite besedo Axalp letalskim navdušencem, pa se le-tem zasvetijo oči. V neposredni bližini te idlične vasice namreč leži vojaški poligon, kjer vsako leto prva dva tedna v oktobru potekajo vaje njihovega letalstva, kjer piloti z letali F-5E Tiger II in F-18C Hornet napadajo tarče s topovi. Vsa stvar ne bi bila nič posebnega, če se cela zadeva ne bi dogajala na nadmorski višini približno 2.200m, cel poligon pa obdajajo vrhovi, ki krepko presegajo višino 3.000m. V drugem tednu vaj, pa v sredo in četrtek pripravijo celo čisto pravi visokogorski letalski miting.
Axalp is a little village, lying in the hills South of Brienz in Switzerland at 1.535 of altitude. If you mention the word “Axalp” to any aviation fan, you’ll see their eyes widen and they’ll heart beat will rise. In the proximity of this little idilic mountain village lies a military range, where in first two weeks of October each year, Swiss Air Force trains and uses targets on the ground for gun attack practices with F-5 Tiger II and F-18 Hornet jet fighters. The training wouldn’t be anything special if the whole thing wouldn’t be happening high in the Alps with targets at 2.200m and surrounded by much highter 3.000m+ mountains. And they even prepare an afternoon airshow on Wednesday and Thursday on the second week of the exercises.
Here’s the 3rd and final report of the 2009 Axalp trip.
3rd of my stay in Axalp was the first official (and due bad weather the only) airshow day.
Click on the links below to access the first two parts of the report
Below is the selection of my photos from second day of my visit to Axalp range in Switzerland; for more info on Axalp check my first part of the report.
The below photos were taken from Wildgärst mountain (2891m).
For more photos, click on the photo below!
And stay tuned for Axalp – Thunder over Alps part 3
Meiringen Air Base lies in the near vincinity of Brienz and just below the Axalp range. On my first day of visit we went down there in the evening to take some night photos. I must admit it was one of the hardest things I ever photographed – fast accelerating jet in total darkness, long exposure, only position and formation lights for visual clue and a bit of rain to top it off. At the end, some of them turned out quite OK.