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F-5E Tiger II at Axalp 2015

Northrop F-5E Tiger II first flew in 1972. Swiss Air Force bought the first batch in 1978 and the second one in 1984. Tigers have proved cheap and easy to maintain and can provide adequate air-defense. All the F-5s are flown by a militia pilots – sort of a Air National Guard, consisting mainly of ex-SwAF pilots who are now flying airliners – that includes the Patrouille Suisse display team. Swiss AF operated a staggering 110 F-5E/Fs but unfortunately due to the fatigue only a handful remain in service. They ought to be replaced by JAS-39 Gripen, but due political decisions, the orders still hangs in the air.

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

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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.

 

Hornets started straffing rounds in figure 8 pattern in the morning.

Sunlit Hornet turning towards targets

Heat blur from the engine covering the whole frame

Incendiary ammo hits fired by F-5 Tigers

Super Pumas and Cougars were delivering VIPs and journalists to the event

Huge crowd of around 6000 people – not bad for an airshow in the middle of the Alps at 2.200m

F/A-18s leading the F-5s in a mixed formation over the valley

Super Puma leading the EC-635

Super Pumas escape from the wall of smoke and fire caused by its flares

Swiss pilots are used to landing in a remote spots – as can be seen here

Click on the links below to access the first two parts of the report

PART1 PART2

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).

Tiger Attack!

 

Smokin’ Hornets

 

Precision mountain flying – Patrouille Suisse

 

For more photos, click on the photo below!

And stay tuned for Axalp – Thunder over Alps part 3

Axalp part 1

Axalp is a small Swiss mountain village, lying at 1500m over the green Brienz see. In aviation world, Axalp is known for the nearby Swiss Air Force training range, where each year in early October, Swiss AF practices flying around mountains and straffing ground targets with their cannons. Axalp 2009 was my first but defintely not the last. Here’s a selection of photos from Monday 5th October.

Expect photos from Tuesday and Wednesday in the near future