Swiss Air Force Centre: Fokker C.V-E, EKW C-35 and EKW C-36

Fokker C.V-E & EKW C-35 The Swiss had proven successful in producing licence-built aircraft but a time came in the mid 1930’s to develop a home-grown multi-purpose combat aircraft to replace the ageing biplane Fokker C.V-E reconnaissance and light bomber aircraft, of which 48 had been in service since 1933 (a 1920’s design the aircraft were retired from… Read More Swiss Air Force Centre: Fokker C.V-E, EKW C-35 and EKW C-36

Swiss Air Force Centre: Morane-Saulnier D-3801

The French designed Morane-Saulnier M.S.406 fighter saw combat in the Battle of France in 1940.  The French were working on an improved version known as the M.S.412 but due to the fall of France in 1940 it was not continued until the Swiss took up the design and developed the D-3801 fighter from it (the Swiss had previously licence-built 84 of… Read More Swiss Air Force Centre: Morane-Saulnier D-3801

Swiss Air Force Centre: Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3

Prior to the commencement of World War Two in September 1939 the Swiss Air Force was mostly equipped with obsolete aircraft including the hopelessly outdated Dewoitine D-27 fighter, a 1927 designed and poorly armed parasol monoplane of which 66 were produced in Switzerland from 1931 (it was armed with just two 7.5mm machine guns). This was until… Read More Swiss Air Force Centre: Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3