Switzerland - Schweizer Luftwaffe

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Alpnach (LSMA)

RWY 01/19     POS 46°56'38"N 008°17'03"E     ELEV 1460 ft

Kommando Geschwader Staffel Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Kommando Lufttransporte 85
(Kdo LT 85)
Lufttransportgeschwader 2

Lufttransportstaffel 6 AS532UL (TH98)
AS332M-1 (TH86/TH89)
EC635P2+



Lufttransportstaffel 8 AS532UL (TH98)
AS332M-1 (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.

(Grindelwald, July 2014, Michiel van Herten)

The Swiss Cougars are based at Alpnach and Dubendorf.

(Meiringen, Oct 2012, Leo Kortleve)

Bern (Belp) (LSMB)

RWY 14/32, 14L-R/32L-R (grass)     POS 46°54'44"N 007°29'57"E     ELEV 1673 ft

Kommando Geschwader Staffel Aircraft Type(s) Badge

Lufttransportgeschwader 2

Lufttransportdienst des Bundes EC635VIP
Cessna 560XL
Falcon 900EX
Pilatus PC-24
Canadair CL-604

The Lufttransportdienst des Bundes has a nice variety of VIP jets. Next to the Cessna 650, a Canadair Challenger they also use this Falcon 900EX

(Leeuwarden, June 2016, Remco de Wit)

The Swiss VIP fleet can be found near the capital Bern. Here the Cessna 650 visiting Rotterdam.

(Rotterdam, November 2013, Maarten Visser)

Dübendorf (LSMD)

RWY 11/29, 11R/29R     POS 47°23'55"N 008°38'54"E     ELEV 1470 ft

Kommando Geschwader Staffel Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport
Armasuisse

Bundesamt für Landestopografie Swisstopo DHC-6-300
Beech 350C
Kommando Lufttransporte 85
(Kdo LT 85)
Lufttransportgeschwader 3

Lufttransportstaffel 3 AS532UL (TH98)
AS332M-1 (TH86/TH89)
EC635P2+



Lufttransportstaffel 4 AS532UL (TH98)
AS332M-1 (TH86/TH89)
EC635P2+
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).

The Beech 350 is used by the Bundesamt für Landestopografie Swisstopo at Dübendorf. Here is a bit far from home, at Eindhoven AB

(Eindhoven, January 2015, Rob Hendriks)

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.

(Buochs, Jun 2014, Leonard van Teeffelen)

Emmen (LSME)

RWY 04/22     POS 47°05'33"N 008°18'18"E     ELEV 1400 ft

Kommando Geschwader Staffel Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Kommando Luftverteidigung
(Kdo LUV 85)
Fliegergeschwader 14

Fliegerstaffel 19 F-5E (deploys from Payerne)
Kommando Überwachungsgeschwader
(Kdo UeG)


Patrouille Suisse F-5E
Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport
Armasuisse

Diamond DA42
PC-6/B1-H2
PC-12/45
Kommando Pilotenschule der Luftwaffe 85
(Kdo Pil S LW 85)


Pilotenschule PC-21



Lufttransport Staffel 7 PC-6
Kommando Überwachungsgeschwader
(Kdo UeG)


Zielflugstaffel 12 PC-9
Kommando Pilotenschule der Luftwaffe 85
(Kdo Pil S LW 85)


Instrumentenflugstaffel 14 PC-7 (NC)
Kommando Drohnen Schulen und Kurze 84
(Kdo Dro S+K 84)


Drohnenstaffel 7 ADS-15 (UAV)

Locally designated as the ADS15 reconnaissance drone system, the Elbit Hermes 900 was selected by the Schweizer Luftwaffe in 2014, with an order having been finalized late the following year. This also includes the provision of support equipment and a simulator. The ADS-15 Hermes perform tasks including military surveillance, plus search and rescue, border monitoring and other duties in support of civilian services such as the police. It is used by the Drohnenstaffel 7 at Emmen

(Swiss Air Force)

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.

(Payerne, apr 2015, Mark Rourke)

Locarno (LSMO) Magadino

RWY 08L/26R, 08C/26C (grass), 08R/26L (grass)     POS 46°09'39"N 008°52'43"E     ELEV 649 ft

Kommando Geschwader Staffel Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Kommando Pilotenschule der Luftwaffe 85
(Kdo Pil S LW 85)


Pilotenrekrutenschule PC-7 (NC)
Kommando Fallschirm Aufklärer Schulen und Kurze 83
(Kdo Fsch Aufkl S+K 83)


Fallschirmaufklärer Kompanie 17 TDY various

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.

(Sanicole, September 2021, Frank Noort)

The replacement has already been announced but the Hornets are still going strong in Switzerland. Here a trio at one of the most photogenic airbases in the world: Meiringen

(Meiringen, March 2015, Peter van der Wel)

Meiringen (LSMM)

RWY 10/28     POS 46°44'36"N 008°06'36"E     ELEV 1900 ft

Kommando Geschwader Staffel Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Kommando Luftverteidigung
(Kdo LUV 85)
Fliegergeschwader 13

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.
Payerne (LSMP)

RWY 05/23     POS 46°50'36"N 006°54'54"E     ELEV 1465 ft

Kommando Geschwader Staffel Aircraft Type(s) Badge

Fliegergeschwader 11

Fliegerstaffel 6 F-5E



Fliegerstaffel 17 F/A-18C/D

Fliegergeschwader 14

Fliegerstaffel 18 F/A-18C/D



Fliegerstaffel 19 F-5E

Ausbildungsstaffel 16

F-5F
Kommando Lufttransporte 85
(Kdo LT 85)
Lufttransportgeschwader 1

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



Lufttransportstaffel 5 AS532UL (TH98)
Super Puma (TH86/TH89)
EC635P2+

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.

(Emmen, Sep 2014, Leonard van Teeffelen)

Yes! Some F-5s are still flying in Switzerland!

(Payerne, April 2015, Mark Rourke)

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