Air04 Payerne

Air04

Where? Payerne - Switzerland
When? 04-05/09/2004

SwissCrowdI am pretty sure that every one of the 275.000 visitors will remember this event for a very long time. The show was the biggest one on the European continent this year with 67 flight demonstrations during the week-end. 6 jet display teams and numerous jet aircraft filled a flight program from 9 in the morning until 5pm, with only a short break at around midday that was just long enough to queue for a sandwich and a drink.

SmileSaturday's display was mainly packed with jet action during the day. The search of the SAF for a successor of the ageing F-5 Tigers attracted 3rd generation jets like the Eurofighter, Rafale, Gripen and F/A-18F Super Hornet to come the Payerne and fight with their flight demo for the favour of the crowd and the officials. And with a lot of gadgets as well, of course.

Besides this 'competitions' a rare display of the Finish AF F/A-18 could also be admired, as well as the most impressive F-15 Eagle West Coast Demo display. F-16s from the DrinkNetherlands and Belgium participated also, as well a a French Mirage 2000 that also flew an air-air refuelling demo with a French KC-135 and a Swiss F-18 Hornet. The former Swiss military aviation was represented in the flight display with a formation of 4 Hunters and a Vampire. But the big event on Saturday was the mass formation fly-by of all the national display teams that were on place which gathered for a huge and unforgettable overfly of 40 jets. Sunday was dominated by the display teams of whom 6 could be seen during the day, let alone all the numerous jet fighter action. BurnerThe organisation of the flight program was on both days excellent with a nice mix of jets, displays teams, vintage aircraft and helicopters. And if everybody has forgotten about the traffic jams Air04 will remain a marvellous Airshow in everybodies mind!

It is a bit of a shame The Swiss do not very often organize Airshows like this one.. but when they do, they do it with Swiss precision and in style!

Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet

001 ---- 002 ---- 003 ---- 004 ---- 005
006 ---- 007 ---- 008 ---- 009 ---- 010

Eurofighter Typhoon

011 ---- 012 ---- 013 ---- 014 ---- 015

Dassault Rafale

016 ---- 017 ---- 018 ---- 019 ---- 020

Saab Gripen

021 ---- 022 ---- 023 ---- 024 ---- 025

Mirage 2000

026 ---- 027 ---- 028 ---- 029 ---- 030

F-15C West Coast Demo Team

031 ---- 032 ---- 033 ---- 034 ---- 035
036 ---- 037 ---- 038 ---- 039 ---- 040

Finish F/A-18A Hornet

041 ---- 042 ---- 043 ---- 044 ---- 045

Swiss F-18C Hornet

046 ---- 047 ---- 048 ---- 049 ---- 050

British Harrier GR7

051 ---- 052 ---- 053 ---- 054 ---- 055

Belgian F-16A

056 ---- 057 ---- 058 ---- 059 ---- 060

Dutch F-16C Fighting Falcon

061 ---- 062 ---- 063 ---- 064 ---- 065

Patrouille des Patrouille

066 ---- 067 ---- 068 ---- 069 ---- 070

Patrouille Suisse

071 ---- 072 ---- 073 ---- 074 ---- 075
076 ---- 077 ---- 078 ---- 079 ---- 080
081 ---- 082 ---- 083 ---- 084 ---- 085

PC-7 Team

086 ---- 087 ---- 088 ---- 089 ---- 090

Red Arrows

091 ---- 092 ---- 093 ---- 094 ---- 095

Frecce Tricolori

096 ---- 097 ---- 098 ---- 099 ---- 100

Team 60

101 ---- 102 ---- 103 ---- 104 ---- 105

Patrulla Aguilla

106 ---- 107 ---- 108 ---- 109 ---- 110
111 ---- 112 ---- 113 ---- 114 ---- 115

Team Breitling

116 ---- 117 ---- 118 ---- 119 ---- 120

Hunters & Vampires

121 ---- 122 ---- 123 ---- 124 ---- 125

Fouga Display

126 ---- 127 ---- 128 ---- 129 ---- 130

Breitling Super Constellation

131 ---- 132 ---- 133 ---- 134 ---- 135

Pilatus PC-12

136 ---- 137 ---- 138 ---- 139 ---- 140

Bo 105

141 ---- 142 ---- 143 ---- 144 ---- 145

Supar Puma

146 ---- 147 ---- 148 ---- 149 ---- 150

Agusta A109

151 ---- 152 ---- 153 ---- 154 ---- 155

French Air Force - KC-135F + Mirage 2000 & Swiss F-18C

156 ---- 157 ---- 158
161 ---- 162 ---- 163 ---- 164 ---- 165
166 ---- 167 ---- 168 ---- 169 ---- 170
171 ---- 172 ---- 173 ---- 174 ---- 175
176 ---- 177 ---- 178 ---- 179 ---- 180
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