UPDATE (13th of September),
Airshows ’21 likely to take place
The signs are good for this year’s staging of the Swiss Air Force’s popular and impressive airshows on Axalp on 20/21 October 2021. The Air Force Command has now decided to continue planning for the time being.
The development of the situation with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic has been carefully observed by those responsible in recent weeks and months. In each case, the focus was on the applicable hygiene and protection measures of the Confederation and the Armed Forces. Based on the current situation and the assessments of the medical and epidemiological side, it can be expected that the airshows can take place this year. If necessary, slightly stricter measures will be ordered at the event itself. From today’s perspective, however, the airshows should be able to take place in front of the public. However, it is still too early to give more precise information on the extent of the protective measures. The dynamic development of the situation will therefore continue to be closely monitored. Information on possible restrictions will be provided at a later date. In addition, the meteorological decision on the final implementation is still pending on the eve of each flight demonstration. For the Swiss Air Force, safety on the ground and in the air is always a top priority.
On 20 and 21 October 2021 the Swiss Air Force displays will take place at the Axalp–Ebenfluh air force shooting range, in the canton of Bern. The training will be held on 19 October 2021.
The event will again attract thousands of spectators to the Bernese Oberland to see the Swiss Air Force demonstrate their prowess in the alpine environment.
The programme, which begins at 2pm and ends at about 3.30pm, is the same on both days, featuring F/A-18 Hornet and F-5 Tiger II combat aircraft, PC-21 trainer aircraft, Patrouille Suisse, military helicopters, rescue and fire extinguishing operations, and parascout missions.
CORONAVIRUS Due to the difficulty in predicting how the coronavirus pandemic is likely to develop, it is not yet possible to say whether the AXALP’21 Swiss Air Force display will take place. If the event does have to be cancelled, a notice will be posted here right away. IMPORTANT: Cancellation at short notice is also possible due to bad weather or extraordinary events.
The purpose of the Axalp flight presentation is to show the spectators the proficiency and the operational diversity of the Swiss Air Force in a mountain environment.
The programme includes:
- F/A-18 gun firing in the mountains
- the Cougar’s flight characteristics
- firefighting missions
- air policing
- parascouts missions
- F/A-18 flight characteristics
- PC-21 presentation
- special forces operations
- Patrouille Suisse
Flight presentations are flown with F/A-18 Hornet and
PC-21aircraft, and Super Puma, Cougar and EC635 helicopters.