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Axalp is so much more than an airshow. Axalp is experience!

Not only do you have to climb the mountain, to attend it, you must also expect the unexpected – especially the sudden changes of weather. And the weather was the culprit this year as well. Tuesday’s afternoon airshow was cancelled because of incoming rain. Wednesday’s airshow was already cancelled the night before and while we woke up to a starry night on Thursday’s early morning at 3AM, the show was eventually cancelled because of the low cloud cover.

Below photos were taken on Tuesday, waiting for the to-be cancelled afternoon practice on Tschingel and Thursday’s hike up to sunlit Wildgärst.

The people of Tschingel

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Hike up the mountain always wets the appetite – forget the power bars; there’s nothing better than a piece of bread and sausage enjoyed in fresh Alpine air.

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Damn, this thing is heavy!

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When visiting such an event, don’t forget to document everything! By any means necessary.

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Sharp, Soft, Out of Focus, Delete, Sharp, Soft, Out of Focus, Delete,…

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While most of the photographers feel sorry for themselves, carrying the heavy camera equipment up the hill, the award goes to this guy – carrying two kids!

The attack on Wildgärst

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While we started in pitch black night, crossing alpine streams and our paths lit only by headlamps, the dawn up in the Alps always look amazing.

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Panorama of the area below the Schwarzhorn, looking towards the West. Click on the photo for bigger resolution.

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One of the most amazing things in the Alps – sunrise!

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My two Swiss guides, Grimmi and Adrian with our destination, Wildgärst in the background.

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Finally on top! Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains bask in the morning sunlight!

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NE to SW panorama from the Wildgärst. Click on the photo for bigger resolution.

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F-5E Tigers flew in to check for the weather…

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…but while we were enjoying the sunshine, targets on the range were covered by low clouds, as was most of the Switzerland.

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Next visitor was this Pilatus PC-21.

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While the pilot couldn’t perform his display on the range, he did make a few inverted low passed for the people gathered on Wildgärst…

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…and disappeared behind the mountains again.

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In the meantime, we could at least feed and observe the feisty Alpine Choughs.

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Watchbird.

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The poser!

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Later, F/A-18 Hornets tried their luck to no avail.

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And all we could do, before returning down the mountain, was to observe Hornet intercepts above our heads.

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F/A-18C Hornet at Axalp 2015

Swiss Air Force uses Hornets for main air-defense duty. Based at Payerne (FS17 and FS18) and Meiringen (FS11), they constitute the backbone of aerial defense of Switzerland. Although designed as a carrier-borne aircraft and a reliable multi-role platform, Hornet’s short reaction time and good performance make it ideal for the diverse Swiss terrain.

The following photos were taken on Tuesday, October 6th 2015.

Video clip shot with Samsung S5 Active.

 

 

A flight to Sweden

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In 2010, during the visit to Duxford Flying Legends airshow, due to early arrival, I had a chance to visit Imperial War Museum Duxford. Basically there are a few hangars converted to different displays which I will try to show you in the next few posts. First one being US Hangar with mainly USAF birds and an odd Navy and Army example.

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B-17G Flying Fortress “overlown” by C-47 Skytrain (military version of famous DC-3) in D-day markings (have you seen Band of Brothers series?)

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Axalp2012 – Morning Hornets

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MAKS2011 – Static Pt.2

Myasichev M-55 Geofizika

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MAKS2011 – Static Pt.1

9K22 Tunguska (NATO SA-19 ‘Grison’) anti-aircraft system

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MAKS2011 – F-15E Strike Eagle

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