(Reading time: 2 - 3 minutes)

User Rating: 0 / 5

Please rate this article:
0 of 5 - 0 votes
Thank you for rating this article.

 Where? Axalp - Switzerland
When? 08-10/10/2003

The Swiss Air Force demonstration at the Ebenfluh Shooting Range,
mostly refered to as Axalp because of the nearby village, is a unique possibility to see jet fighters doing live gun shooting. Together with the impressive scenery the demo is an experience that one will nevere forget.
The shooting range is located at an altitude of 7365 feet (2242m) in the middle of the Swiss Alps.

 As this is already alpine territory the visitor should be well prepared if he is planning a visit. Warm clothes, and even more important, good shoes are an absolute must!

The weather forecast is also complicated as it could be seen this year. Sunshine on monday, snow and heavy winds on tuesday, the practice day, sun again on wednesday afternoon... Despite the sunny weather (on wednesday only) the show had officially been cancelled on both planned show days (wednesday and thursday) due to the massive amount of snow in the spectator areas. The weather forecast in the mountains is always very complicated and under the circumstances with all the snow hosting thousands of spectators on the hill has been too risky. Finally the demonstration was held on Friday afternoon in front of a smaller crowd than the years before.

Mirage III RS on their last Axalp show runs

click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open
click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open
click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open
click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open
click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open
click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open
click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open
click to open ---- click to open

 

 A lot of people have been dissapointed about this decision as the event will not take place next year due to the big show planned at Payerne in September (Air04), but even more that Axalp 2003 was the official event to say 'Good bye' to the Mirage III RS as they will be taken out of service this year.

 

F-18C Hornet Solo Demo

click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open
click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open
click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open

F-5E Tiger

click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open
click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open
click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open
click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open
click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open
click to open

Fortunately I had the possibility to be there a bit earlier when the usual training practices took place, so you will not find any photos of the Patrouille Suisse or helicopters on this page, but a lot of Mirage and Tiger action. And some photos of the Hornet rehearsal and some photos to show you what it looks like up there on a nice sunny day!
Enjoy the photos of my last airshow report in 2003!

 

Axalp in the snow - there's nearly no better place to be!

click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open

Alouette

click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open
click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open

 

 

recently published

Bell Cobra Flight

(Reading time: 2 - 4 minutes)

Bell P-39 P-63 Cobras air-air at EAA Airventure Oshkosh
Where? Oshkosh, WI, USA
When?July 2017

EAA Airventure at Oshkosh in 2017 saw a rare gathering of Bell Aircraft Cobras. Three P-63 Kingcobras and a P-39 Airacobra attended the ‘World’s greatest Aviation Celebration’, amongst them all Cobras belonging to the Commemorative Air Force (CAF): the P-39Q of the Central Texas Wing, the world’s sole flying P-63F of the “P-63 Sponsor Group” and the most recent addition, the P-63A of the Dixie Wing from Peachtree City, Georgia.

Read more ...

more Airshows

Airpower 2011

(Reading time: 3 - 6 minutes)

Airpower 2011 - Zeltweg

Where? Zeltweg, Austria
When? 02/07/2011

The numbers speak for itself: with 290.000 visitors the Airpower Airshow at Zeltweg, Austria is clearly the biggest and may also well be the best Airshow in Europe. The 9.5 hours long lasting flight display alone was more than one good reason to go there for a day.

Read more ...

more Air-Air

DG-800S Glider

(Reading time: 1 - 2 minutes)

DG-800S glider saiplane DG-Flugzeugbau air-air photography DG-808
Where? Eichstätt, Bavaria, Germany
When? October 2016

The DG Flugzeugbau DG-800S is a high performance single-seat glider with an impressive wingspan of 18m and a maximum glide ratio of 51,5 with winglets installed. As for comparable gliders it becomes obvious from a first sight that pure aerodynamics and esthetics are combined in these kind of aircraft. Time to go for a nice photo session with such an engineering piece of art!

Read more ...

Twitter feed

My Warbird Book

photos on www.airfighters.com