The Swiss Air Force demonstration at the Ebenfluh
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 afternoonin front of a smaller
crowd than the years before.
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.
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!
Have a look at the following pages for more Axalp photos
from last year and the
year before (this time incuding the Patrouille Suisse