Close encounter with the Swiss F-18 in Emmen
The Emmen air base (Militärflugplatz Emmen) is located in Switzerland, Northwest of Lucerne.
It was opened in 1939, and in the years that followed he underwent various transformations. Initially it was also the home of Swiss company Eidgenössische Flugzeugwerke Emmen (more commonly referred to as EFW, then F W), who designed the first Swiss Jet, the EFW N-20
EFW N-20 project has its roots at the end of World War II when, was the 25 April 1945, a Messerschmitt Me 262A of the Luftwaffe was forced to land at Dübendorf Switzerland, due to lack of fuel.
The technicians of the Schweizerische Flugwaffe (Independent Swiss federal armed forces service) they could then study the aircraft in its entirety, before (at a later date) transferred for the exhibition at the Deutsches Museum in Munich.
The first production version was the N-20.1 Gleiter (Glider), a wooden statue in scale 1:3,5 No DMV. It was subsequently produced N-20.2 Arbalète, a quadrigetto with with motors arranged in pairs in the wings, one above and one below, at the trailing edge. First flew in 1951 and talking was authorized production. The final aircraft was named N-20.10 Aiguillon, but never flew, the Federal Council abolished the project because of the high costs.
In the years to come the F W Emmen (later RUAG) assembled the Vampire T55 (DH-115), the Hawker Hunter, The Mirage IIIS (special version” Switzerland)….
Now the Emmen air base is the headquarters of the Patrouille Suisse and is used in training duties, including test flight of drones and training centre with simulators of’ Eurocopter AS332 Super Puma, Eurocopter EC 635 and Pilatus PC-21. The track, on each cylinder head, comes with cord stop used by F-18 and the F-5 in case of need.
The track is very close to the road, We can call it "spotter", and Andrew Bacon did not miss the opportunity to visit. F-18 fighter met a few (F/A-18 c and F/A-18) and a Beechcraft King Air BE350C, used for transport and photographic mapping.
The Switzerland bought 34 F/A-18 Hornet in 1993. Since October 1996 until the end of 1999, mounting of warehouses Emmen have consistently provided specimens of Hornet. Since June 1997, the Fliegerstaffel 17 It was the first operational squadron to conduct training on the Hornet, followed in spring 1998 from Fliegerstaffel 18. In 1999, It was finally the turn of Fliegerstaffel 11, stationed in Meiringen. The decision of the Swiss air force to buy F/A-18 Hornet was influenced decisively by its excellent performance. The Hornet has a very short response time from alarm shelter, offers excellent performance and flight characteristics, can accelerate quickly, reaching within a few seconds the sound speed. In aerial combat at sight, its maneuverability is among the best in the world.
Here are the photos of the F-18 met at Emmen!
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