Armed Forces Overviews
Switzerland - Schweizer Luftwaffe
Switzerland - Schweizer Luftwaffe
Schweizer Luftwaffe
Alpnach (LSMA)
Rwy: 01/19
Pos: 46°56'38"N 008°17'03"E
Elev: 1460 ft
Staffel Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Flugplatzkommando Alpnach Flpl Kdo 2
Lufttransportgeschwader 2

Lufttransportstaffel 6

AS532UL (TH98)
AS332M-1 (TH86/TH89)
EC635P2+


Lufttransportstaffel 8

AS532UL (TH98)
AS332M-1 (TH86/TH89)
EC635P2+

Between 2001 and 2003, after the successfull introduction of the Super Puma helicopter, an additional batch of 12 aircraft was bought. These helicopters were no longer AS332M ‘Super Puma’ but AS532UL ‘Cougar’ or ‘Transporthubschrauber 98’ as the official Swiss terminology reads. It will be used by Lufttransportstaffel 6, which previously operated the Super Puma.
Photo: Johan Mulder
Bern (Belp) (LSMB)
Rwy: 14/32, 14L-R/32L-R (grass)
Pos: 46°54'44"N 007°29'57"E
Elev: 1673 ft
Staffel Aircraft Type(s) Badge


Lufttransportdienst des Bundes

Beech 1900D
EC635VIP
Cessna 560XL
Falcon 900EX

The Patrouille Suisse was founded in 1964. It is the official jet aerobatic team of the Schweizer Luftwaffe and is known as the flagship of the Swiss Armed Forces in Switzerland and abroad. In 1978, the Patrouille Suisse performed abroad for the first time with its elegant Hunter aircraft. It has been flying the F-5E Tiger aircraft since 1995.
Photo: Cristian Schrik
Dübendorf (LSMD)
Rwy: 11/29, 11R/29R
Pos: 47°23'55"N 008°38'54"E
Elev: 1470 ft
Staffel Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Flugplatz Dübendorf
Lufttransportgeschwader 3

Lufttransportstaffel 3

AS532UL (TH98)
AS332M-1 (TH86/TH89)
EC635P2+


Lufttransportstaffel 4

AS532UL (TH98)
AS332M-1 (TH86/TH89)
EC635P2+
VARIOUS


Lehrverband Führungsunterstützung 30

Non


Fliegerärztliches Institut (FAI)

Non


Bundesamt für Landestopografie Swisstopo

DHC-6-300
Beech 350C
Swisstopo is responsible for geographical reference data and all products derived from them. Swisstopo was founded in 1838. Today swisstopo forms part of the Armasuisse group within the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS).

While other Air Forces like the Slovenian Air Force and Australian Air Force uses the Pilatus PC-9 as a trainer, the Schweizer Luftwaffe operates 11 of them as target tugs for gunnery training. This particular example is therefore decorated with the badge of Zielfliegerstaffel 12 on the nose.
Photo: Jaco Haasnoot
Emmen (LSME)
Rwy: 04/22
Pos: 47°05'33"N 008°18'18"E
Elev: 1400 ft
Staffel Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Flugplatzkommando Emmen Flpl Kdo 7


Drohnenstaffel 7

ADS-95 (UAV)
Kommando Pilotenschule

Instrumentenflugstaffel 14

PC-7 (NC)


Lufttransport Staffel 7

PC-6


Pilotenschule

PC-21


Zielflugstaffel 12

PC-9


Patrouille Suisse

F-5E


Armasuisse

Diamond DA42
PC-6/B1-H2
PC-12/45

The Schweizer Luftwaffe utilizes the Pilatus Porter PC-6 as a light transport category aircraft. Its robust design and short-field take-off and landing capability allow it to operate in nearly every region. Today the Porter serves mainly as a transport aircraft for personnel and equipment and is further utilized in scouting operations and in the dropping of parabats. The Porter also aids in combating forest fires with the aid of a built-in water tank. In the event of a war these Porters will be incorporated into a utility aircraft squadron.
Photo: Jaco Haasnoot
Locarno (LSMO)
Magadino
Rwy: 08L/26R, 08C/26C, 08R/26L
Pos: 46°09'39"N 008°52'43"E
Elev: 649 ft
Staffel Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Flugplatzkommando Locarno Flpl Kdo 4
Kommando Fallschirmaufklärerschulen

Fallschirmaufklärer Kompanie 17

TDY various
Kommando Pilotenschule

Pilotenrekrutenschule

PC-7 (NC)

Besides the Patrouille Suise, the Schweizer Luftwaffe has a second aerobatic team called ‘PC-7 Team’. The team was established in 1987 for the occasion of the air force championships in Dubendorf. Then nine planes Pilatus PC-7 make a demonstration, presenting the Schweizer Luftwaffe. But the official founding of the team is in 1989, during the 75-year anniversary of the Schweizer Luftwaffe. Then the team receives its name. In fact ‘PC-7 Team’ is not so active team like Patrouille Suisse, but nevertheless the team makes great impression of the public.
Photo: Joop de Groot
Meiringen (LSMM)
Rwy: 10/28
Pos: 46°44'36"N 008°06'36"E
Elev: 1900 ft
Staffel Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Flugplatzkommando Meiringen Flpl Kdo 13
Fliegergeschwader 13

Fliegerstaffel 8

F-5E


Fliegerstaffel 11

F/A-18C/D
During the NATO Tiger Meet 2004 at Schleswig-Jagel Fliegerstaffel 11 was awarded full membership of the NATO Tiger Association. Something that was not that evident, since Switzerland is not a member of the NATO alliance.

In 2006, the Swiss Government granted authorisation to purchase six Pilatus PC-21 turboprop trainers. They are delivered in 2007 and 2008 as part of JEPAS (Jetpiloten Ausbildungssystem), prior to commencing replacement of the F-5F in the fast jet pilot training role from 2010.
Photo: Cristian Schrik
Payerne (LSMP)
Rwy: 05/23
Pos: 46°50'36"N 006°54'54"E
Elev: 1465 ft
Staffel Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Flugplatzkommando Payerne Flpl Kdo 11


Ausbildungsstaffel 16

F-5F
Fliegergeschwader 11

Fliegerstaffel 6

F-5E


Fliegerstaffel 17

F/A-18C/D
Fliegergeschwader 14

Fliegerstaffel 18

F/A-18C/D


Fliegerstaffel 19

F-5E
Lufttransportgeschwader 1

Lufttransportstaffel 1

AS532UL (TH98)
AS332M-1 (TH86/TH89)
EC635P2+


Lufttransportstaffel 5

AS532UL (TH98)
Super Puma (TH86/TH89)
EC635P2+

In April 2006, the Swiss Defence Procurement Agency (Armasuisse) ordered 18 EC635s for the Schweizer Luftwaffe, to replace the aging Aérospatiale Alouette III in performing transport and advanced training missions. The first two aircraft were built by Eurocopter, while the remaining 16 are built by RUAG Aerospace in Alpnach, Switzerland. Deliveries expected to be completed between March 2008 and December 2009.
Photo: Cristian Schrik
Sion (LSMS)
Rwy: 07L/25R, 07R/25L
Pos: 46°13'11"N 007°19'36"E
Elev: 1581 ft
Staffel Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Flugplatzkommando Sion Flpl Kdo 14
Fliegergeschwader 14

Fliegerstaffel 18

F/A-18C/D (deploys from Payerne)


Fliegerstaffel 19

F-5E (deploys from Payerne)

During the NATO Tiger Meet 2004 at Schleswig-Jagel Fliegerstaffel 11 was awarded full membership of the NATO Tiger Association. Something that was not that evident, since Switzerland is not a member of the NATO alliance.
Photo: Johan Mulder
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