Tuesday was spotting day @ Payerne Air Base. The main base of Switzerland Air force this time of the year.
It is home of the 17th Falcons and 18th Panthers, and crew were training yesterday on strafing above the lake nearby. My friends and I don’t own any 150-600mm with 2x teleconverters to get pictures of these fast jets maneuvering and shooting around so we kept it to airport ops.
It was my second time there since my first visit in 2018.
Enough said, here enjoy the almighty 🐝🐝🐝
Trend setter, first arrival of the day!
Unfortunately we missed the first wave, thanks to me being a bad navigator in the car and leading to a wrong exit…
Short answer : it reminds intercepted pilotes to tune 121.5
Our air force is currently used for its air policing role. This marking reads Standby frequency 121.500 also known as the guard frequency. It is expected to be active as com 2 when able.
When an aircraft doesn’t squack 7600 and cannot be contacted by nearby ATC or pilots, a F/A-18C/D is scrambled to come to its help. This belly tanks is probably the quickest way to communicate the need to enter in radio contact, far better than sign language!
The Gripen’s development plan didn’t match the Swiss test plan. As a result the they decided not to participate in the tests in Payerne. This resulted in the Gripen being eliminated from the selection. Things might change. I mean the vote for the renewal of our air force fighters only won by 50.1%. So any thing can change here.