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  Air Force Base Emmen
 

„Home „of the legendary Patrouille Suisse

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Andeas Herzog

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Andeas Herzog

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It's almost a tradition that the Aviation Club Basel (ACB), which I am a member too, annually organizes several trips to various military airfields in Switzerland. Thanks to the excellent connections of our aviation-club to the Swiss Air Force, we are even allowed to enter the premises and witness flight operations firsthand. Last July, 2012 it was time to visit the AFB-Emmen near Lucerne. As the tour began in the afternoon, we had plenty of time in the morning for a short visit at Buochs ​​and the Pilatus Aircraft company to keep an eye on the traffic at this Airfield.
Following aircrafts were captured by our cameras: Two PC-12/47E, HB-FQS and HB-FQP, both owned by Pilatus Aircraft, as well as a PC-7 Mark II soon are delivered to the Botswana Defence Forces. 

Around noon we went to Emmen where we could watch the afternoon the activities of the Swiss Air Force. The AFB Emmen does not host any active squadrons anymore, but it is regularly used by the Swiss Air Force as a training base for jet-fighters and helicopters. In addition to the RUAG also some smaller technology companies are located at the airport. Actually my statement is not quit true that Emmen accommodates no more squadrons; however, the air base is home to the legendary aerobatic team "Patrouille Suisse".

Welcomed and accompanied by the airfield commander we walked to our photo locations on a small hill in front of the shelters of the F/A-18 Hornet and F-5E Tiger. We call it: First row and front row seat!  Thanks brisk flight operations in glorious summer weather we found our self in the middle were action was going on.  The various F/A-18, F-5E, Super Pumas, PC-6 Turbo Porter, EC-635 and RUAG ADS-95 Ranger drone could be captured in best light and spectacular maneuvers. 

Once again a magnificent spotting day together with the Swiss Air Force.We are already looking forward to the upcoming season 2013! Our thanks also go to the organizers of the ACB, as well as at the Air Base Command Emmen who have made us this unforgettable day.

Buochs

 

Pilatus PC-12 (Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog)

Pilatus PC-12 (Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog)

Pilatus PC-7 (Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog)

Pilatus PC-7 (Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog)

F/A-18C & D Hornet

   

Mc Donnell Douglas F/A-18D Hornet J-5237 (Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog)

Mc Donnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet J-5002 (Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog)

  Mc Donnell Douglas F/A-18D Hornet J-5238 (Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog)
  Mc Donnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet J-5026 (Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog) Mc Donnell Douglas F/A-18D Hornet J-5237 (Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog) Mc Donnell Douglas F/A-18D Hornet J-5237 (Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog) Mc Donnell Douglas F/A-18D Hornet J-5237 (Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog)
  Mc Donnell Douglas F/A-18D Hornet J-5237 (Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog) Mc Donnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet J-5034 (Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog) Mc Donnell Douglas F/A-18D Hornet J-5234 (Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog) Mc Donnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet J-5006 (Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog)
  Mc Donnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet J-5025 (Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog) Mc Donnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet J-5025 (Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog) Mc Donnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet J-5025 (Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog) Mc Donnell Douglas F/A-18D Hornet J-5234 (Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog)
 
Mc Donnell Douglas F/A-18C J-5024 and F/A-18D J-5234 (Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog) Mc Donnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet J-5034 (Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog) Mc Donnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet J-5034 (Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog) Mc Donnell Douglas F/A-18D Hornet J-5234 (Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog)
 
Mc Donnell Douglas F/A-18D Hornet J-5237 (Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog) Mc Donnell Douglas F/A-18D Hornet J-5237 (Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog) Mc Donnell Douglas F/A-18D Hornet J-5237 (Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog) Mc Donnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet J-5026 (Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog)
 
Mc Donnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet J-5026 (Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog) Mc Donnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet J-5026 (Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog) Mc Donnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet J-5010 (Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog) Mc Donnell Douglas F/A-18D Hornet J-5238 (Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog)
   
Mc Donnell Douglas F/A-18D Hornet J-5238 (Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog) Mc Donnell Douglas F/A-18D Hornet J-5238 (Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog) Mc Donnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet J-5010 (Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog)  

F-5E & F Tiger

 

Northrop F-5E J-3084 (Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog)

Northrop F-5E J-3084 (Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog)

Northrop F-5E J-3084 (Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog)

Northrop F-5E J-3084 (Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog)

 

Northrop F-5F J-3204 (Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog)

Northrop F-5F J-3204 (Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog)

Northrop F-5F J-3204 (Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog)

Northrop F-5F J-3204 (Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog)

and some others

 

Aerospatiale AS-332M Puma T-321 (Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog)

Aerospatiale AS-332M Puma T-321 (Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog)

Aerospatiale AS-332M Puma T-321 (Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog)

Aerospatiale AS-332M Puma T-321 (Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog)

 

Eurocopter EC-635 T-362 (Photo courtesy Andy Herzog)

RUAG ADS-95 Ranger  (Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog)

RUAG ADS-95 Ranger (Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog)

Pilatus PC-6 Porter V-613 (Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog)


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last update 14. Oktober 2012

Written 14. Oktober 2012

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