Swiss Air Force Aerobatic team
|Active||8 August 1964 – present|
|Branch||Swiss Air Force|
|Size||9 Officers, 21 ground crew|
|Fighter||6 Northrop F-5E Tiger II|
|Transport||1 Pilatus PC-6 Porter|
The Patrouille Suisse flew its Hawker Hunters for the last time in 1994 and transferred to the faster and more maneuverable Northrop F-5E Tiger II. In 1996 smoke systems were installed to increase the team's visual appeal. In April the following year, a Pilatus PC-6 Porter single-engine turboprop light aircraft, painted in the team's colour scheme, was added for the team to use as a support aircraft.
In February 2013, the Swiss Minister of Defence, Ueli Maurer, stated that the Patrouille Suisse would be disbanded by early 2016 due to the withdrawal of the F-5 from Swiss Air Force service. One possible plan was to equip the team with the F/A-18, but since the decision not to buy 22 Gripen Es, the air force will have insufficient F/A-18s to do this.
The Patrol Suisse currently flies six Northrop F-5E Tiger II aircraft. These six are the only ones in the fleet to be fitted with smoke generators.
They are also used for other purposes such as training and, by the Target squadron 12, as target tugs because of their high visibility colouring.
- Patrouille Suisse photo gallery - official Swiss Air Force website (in German) retrieved 20 June 2013
- "20 minutes - Maurer annonce la mort de la Patrouille suisse - Suisse". 20min.ch. Retrieved 2013-06-21.
- Patrouille Suisse bei Gripen-Ja mit F/A-18 Thurgauer Zeitung
- "Bildgalerie Pilatus PC-6/B2-H2M Turbo-Porter". Lw.admin.ch. 2009-08-29. Retrieved 2013-06-21.
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