Swiss Air Force Centre: Dassault Mirage IIIS – The Swiss Supersonic Age

From 1964 to 2003, the Swiss Air Force operated modified licence-built interceptor, reconnaissance and trainer versions of the classic 1960’s era French designed, delta winged Dassault Mirage III (the type was replaced by the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet between 1996 and 1999). Powered by a SNECMA Atar 09 turbojet engine, the Mach 2.0 capable Mirage III jet truly brought Switzerland… Read More Swiss Air Force Centre: Dassault Mirage IIIS – The Swiss Supersonic Age

Swiss Air Force Centre: Home Grown Jet Fighter Prototypes

In the 1950’s the Swiss worked on the development of two domestically designed and produced jet combat aircraft for the Swiss Air Force, the EFW N-20 Aiguillon (Sting) fighter and the FFA P-16 ground attack fighter. Both projects only reached the prototype stage and ultimately both were cancelled. Luckily examples of both aircraft survive today and are on display in… Read More Swiss Air Force Centre: Home Grown Jet Fighter Prototypes

Swiss Air Force Centre: de Havilland DH.112 Venom – 30 Year Swiss Defenders

Swiss Venoms In addition to the de Havilland DH.100 Vampire jet fighter-bomber, the Swiss Air Force also operated and licence-built the de Havilland DH.112 Venom in the fighter-bomber and reconnaissance role from the mid 1950’s into the 1980’s. The Venom was basically an improved development of the Vampire which featured the same 4 x 20mm Hispano cannons, plus… Read More Swiss Air Force Centre: de Havilland DH.112 Venom – 30 Year Swiss Defenders

Swiss Air Force Centre: de Havilland DH.100 Vampire – The First Swiss Jet Fighter

Swiss Vampires The Swiss Air Force operated 182 de Havilland DH.100 Vampire early jet fighter-bombers. The Vampire was the first jet fighter in the Swiss inventory and they were initially used for air defence. The first 4 were F.1 fighter variants purchased from the United Kingdom in 1946 to be used for evaluation and flight testing… Read More Swiss Air Force Centre: de Havilland DH.100 Vampire – The First Swiss Jet Fighter

Swiss Air Force Centre: Surplus North American P-51D Mustang’s in Switzerland

Swiss Mustangs Post World War Two the Swiss Air Force operated an ageing fleet of piston engine fighters (Messerschmitt Bf 109E/G and Morane-Saulnier D-3801) and desperately needed more capable aircraft in numbers. An order had been placed for de Havilland DH.100 Vampire jet fighters but they would not enter operational service until 1949. A stop-gap fighter was needed… Read More Swiss Air Force Centre: Surplus North American P-51D Mustang’s in Switzerland

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