Aviation Photo #2505316: McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet - Switzerland - Air Force
100 years of Swiss Air Force - Photo taken at Payerne (LSMP) in Switzerland on September 7, 2014.
The Gustavs, and two other Me-109Gs that were interned after straying into Swiss airspace, were assigned to Fliegerkompagnie 7, but they were unreliable due to deteriorating German production standards at that point in the war, and saw little use.
Swiss Air Force: the logbook
The first attempts to set up a Swiss air force were launched 100 years ago. It is a story of high-flying dreams and dramatic setbacks. The planned purchase of the Swedish Gripen fighter jet is just the latest chapter in the story. It all began with a public fundraising campaign on the eve of the First World War. The first fighter aircraft were bought from neighbouring France and Germany in the 1930s. At the height of the Cold War era Switzerland built its own P-16 fighter jet, but plans for…