A Spontaneous Air Show in the Swiss Alps | Mollis, September 4, 2021


After quite some time and my summer holidays, I finally got back to editing some pictures I took recently, but more important, also some pictures I took on a spontaneous trip to Switzerland before my holidays. For the 25th anniversary of the Mollis Hunter Club, an airshow with a lot of vintage planes and flying displays took place on 4th September.

Surrounded by the swiss alps, Mollis Air Field saw this Mustang as one of the first aircraft in action that day.

Shortly after, a Su-26 performed a display in front of the mountain right next to the field.

But let’s get to the actual reason for the airshow: The Hawker Hunter. Being used by the Swiss Air Force until 1994, some are still airworthy today, namely HB-RVR in the classic Air Force livery…

…HB-RVS, named “Papyrus Hunter”…

…and HB-RVV, the “Tiger Hunter”

But there is still older stuff to see. As part of the Classic Formation with 3 Beech 18, this DC-3 in Swissair Colors attended the air show.

Another display was flown by the Swiss Air Force Super Puma Display Team.

But that was only a small share of the Swiss Air Force’s program that day. The first big highlight was the performance of the PC-7 TEAM with their Pilatus PC-7 aircraft performing in front of the amazing terrain of the alps.

The display took quite a while and also contained elements like the tunnel formation.

But what would a Swiss air show be without the famous Patrouille Suisse? With their F5’s they performed an amazing show to close the airshow, sadly not with the best weather anymore and rather backlit, yet very impressive!

My Equipment:

Canon EOS 80D
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS II USM (99% of pics)
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0 L IS II USM (for wide angle pics)

Backup / Old Lenses

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS (for the 1% of the cases where I needed a wide angle lens, replaced by the 24-105 now)
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS STM (for the majority of my very old pics, bascially completely replaced by the 100-400 now)

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Recorded Flights on my YouTube channel

My spotting topics on the IFC (sorted by years since this is slowly getting endless)


Spring Spotting 1
Spring Spotting 2 with Lorenzo
Spring Spotting 3 (feat. Hekla Aurora)
August spotting with some sunrise shots
September 30 with quite some special liveries and bizjets
Spotting in Zurich on the way to Cosford
Spotting Laura and more in Birmingham
Spotting in fog with a sunny end


Special planes at Munich - Munich Security Conference feat. E-4B
Valentine’s Spotting 2019 - Civil Traffic around the Munich Security Conference
Retro Time - British Airways BEA A319
First weekend in Innsbruck - Charter Flights in the Alps
Second Innsbruck Spotting Weekend
Bringing Israeli soldiers to Munich - El Al 747
Another visit of ElAl’s queen - El Al 747
Spotting in the Morning Sun - South African Special Livery A340-300
A full day of Spotting
London Calling - Spotting at MUC and LCY on the way to London
London Heathrow Evening Spotting Before the Meetup
London Heathrow Meetup Spotting
Last Day at Heathrow: Landor, Negus and more
Government Jets and New Perspectives at Munich Airport
One Day Spotting Trip to Frankfurt Airport
Spotting Trip to Berlin
A lot of Specials at Munich
Quick after work spotting for a private A340
Another Sunny Spotting Day in Fall
Spotting with a Female closer than 5 miles, so definitely click even though she’s in none of the Pics!!!
Day and Night Shots at Munich
Deicing and more
Condor’s new colors and a big chopper
Stunning Condensations and a Royal 747
Azimuth Superjet and more for the last topic in a decade


Birthday Spotting
The Final EXPO A380
Special Cargos in the Evening
Zurich’s Airline Traffic during the WEF Week
Air Force One Ramp Tour
Air Force One Arriving in Zurich
Heavy Contrasts for Air Malta’s Retro Jet
First Two Days of SiKo - Kuwait A340, Russia Il96
Amazing Security Conference Perspectives feat. Kuwait’s A340 and more
Etihad’s Choose China Livery
Security Conference Final
Trying A New Position for Condor‘s and United‘s New Liveries
Last Specials Prior to the Corona Break
First Spotting Trip After the Corona Restrictions With Some Cargo Specials
50 Years Special Livery on a Rescue Helicopter
Spotting AN-22 in Leipzig
Spotting the Last Departing A340s of Lufthansa
First Visit of Qatar’s OneWorld A350-1000
AN124 and Other Specials in Munich
Spotting in Frankfurt With Several Specials
Early Morning Cargo Movements
Government Flights at Munich
Military & Special Spotting at Ingolstadt and Neuburg AFB
DC3, Hekla Aurora and an EXPO livery at Munich
The First Visit of an Airbus Beluga XL
Summer Spotting Ending with Engine Light
IL76 Spotting in the Summer Heat
Two Weeks of Specials Summarized
Two More Days of Specials in Munich
Special Movements in September
Covid-19 Fall Spotting
P3, F18, A400M and more
Night Deicing, going to Frankfurt and more


Not the Best Weather for Spotting, but at Least There Were Specials
Spotting in Spectacular Winter Light Part 1
Spotting in Spectacular Winter Light Part 2
German Air Force 1 and more specials
National 747, a Special Bizjet and a Rescue Heli
Departure of a C5 Super Galaxy in Munich
A little Eurofighter Air Show
747 Paradise in Luxembourg
Visiting Ramstein and Catching a Chinook next to the Autobahn
Spotting Heavy Traffic in Ramstein

Honorable mentions, TLDRs and Reminders

TL;DR service for @dush19: Planes, Planes, Planes.
@MrMrMan: Look, something new to quote again!
@Nathan time to visit this place again
@Balloonchaser since you will come here anyway… you’re so amazing
@JulianB just want to be sure you don’t miss it


Great photos! I loved the first one! Great quality as always.

@Butter_Boi DC3 Alert


Lucky you ! Interesting and stunning shots Divider

Hallo from Genf !

@Jeremy351 @Cdt_Aupetit I think you’ll like it :)


Mustang 🤩 Cool to see the old PS F-5s still flying! Watched them at an air show in 2018.
Nice shots!

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I hope to see them again at AirPower next year, maybe better light then 🤩

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Here again before Balloon, all is well. Nice pics as usual my friend


First! I guess I need to come back to Europe to spot with you 👀👀

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Yeah good idea, the European education will also be able to teach you counting lol

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@Moritz Why was I removed from the honorable TL;DR and Reminders list?

Would you be so kind to add me back please? 🥺

Nice pictures by the way. But it’s Switzerland, so obviously it’s looking great!


Just added you back for future topics, no idea what went wrong, sorry 😢

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