Payerne Air Base

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Payerne Airport

Aérodrome de Payerne

Base aérienne Payerne
A MirageIIIS takes off with JATO rockets in front of the tower at Payerne Airport in 1996
Airport typeMilitary
OperatorSwiss Air Force
OccupantsSwiss Accident Investigation Board (formerly the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau)
Elevation AMSL445 m / 1,460 ft
Coordinates46°50′36″N 6°54′54″E / 46.84333°N 6.91500°E / 46.84333; 6.91500Coordinates: 46°50′36″N 6°54′54″E / 46.84333°N 6.91500°E / 46.84333; 6.91500
LSMP is located in Switzerland
Location in Switzerland
Sources: GCM,[1]

Payerne Airport (ICAO: LSMP) is a military airfield of the Swiss Air Force north of Payerne in Switzerland, located approximately halfway between Lausanne and Bern.


In 2004 the International Air Show Air04 was held at Payerne.[citation needed]

On 8 July 2010, Payerne Air Base was the location from which the long-range experimental solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse 1 achieved the world's first manned 26-hour solar-powered flight.[2][3][4] Payerne also became the home base for the successor Solar Impulse 2 (HB-SIB) aircraft, with the aircraft's first flight made from Payerne on 2 June 2014.[5]

From 30 August 2014 to 7 September 2014 the International Airshow Air14 took place at Payerne AFB.


Payerne AFB is the home of the F/A-18 Fighter squadrons Sqd17 Falcons and Sqd18 Panthers, the militia F-5E Tiger II Squadron 6 Ducks, and of the Transport squadron LT1. Every aircraft type of the Swiss Air Force can be seen operating from Payerne. It is home to the air investigation division of the Swiss Transportation Safety Investigation Board "Schweizerische Unfall Untersuchungs Stelle" / SUST (formerly the Swiss Accident Investigation Board).[6] Previously this was the head office of the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau,[7] before its 2011 merger into the SAIB.[8] Payerne operates also as alternate airport for the airport Bern-Belp for foreign government flights. On the ground of Payerne AFB is also the aviation Museum Clin d'Ailes. Air Traffic Control is made by the military branch of Skyguide, Skyguide National. Payerne is responsible for the education of ground crews (aircraft Mechanic,Airport Fire Fighter,..) of the Air Force. Therefore, Payerne is also the main base of the F/A-18C Mock-up X-5098. The F/A-18 flight simulators are also located in Payerne. The A1 motorway (Switzerland) is connected via a taxiway at the hangar 5 with the airfield and can, if necessary, be used as runway for take off - and landing. However, this possibility has never been exploited since the construction of the highway.[9] The air base is, at both end of the runway, equipped with retractable Arresting gear devices (used by the F/A-18 and in case of a problem by the F-5). Payerne AFB is home of the QRA / air policing activities of the Swiss Air Force.

Inaugurated in 2013 at Payerne Airport, the company Swiss Space Systems aims to open a spaceport by 2015 and provide orbital launches of small satellites and suborbital spaceflights.[10]

The Aviatic Museum Clin d'Ailes offers private flights with the Hawker Hunter Trainer J-4203 HB-RVW and the Mirage IIIDS J-2012 HB-RDF from Payerne.

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  1. ^ Airport information for LSMP at Great Circle Mapper.
  2. ^ Maron, Dina Fine (6 July 2010). "Swiss Team to Launch Solar Night Flight". The New York Times. ClimateWire. Retrieved 8 July 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Solar Impulse completes record-breaking flight". The Daily Telegraph. London. 8 July 2010. Retrieved 8 July 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Paur, Jason (7 July 2010). "Solar Airplane to Fly Through the Night (Tonight!)". Wired. Retrieved 8 July 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "First Flight for Solar Impulse 2". Sport Aviation: 14. July 2014.
  6. ^ "Addresses[permanent dead link]." [sic] Swiss Accident Investigation Board. Retrieved on 30 April 2013. "Swiss Accident Investigation Board SAIB Management board Bundeshaus Nord, Kochergasse 10 CH-3003 Berne" and "Aviation division Aéropôle 1 CH-1530 Payerne" and "Rail/Navigation division Monbijoustr. 51 A CH-3003 Berne"
  7. ^ "How to find us Archived 24 July 2010 at the Wayback Machine." (Map link Archived 6 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine) Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau. Retrieved on 9 June 2009. "Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau AAIB Aeropole 1 Route de Morens 1530 Payerne Switzerland "
  8. ^ "Swiss Accident Investigation Board SAIB." (Archive) Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications. Retrieved on 30 April 2013.
  9. ^ Book Uno Zero Zero ISBN 978-3-9524239-0-5 Seite 230
  10. ^ Le Temps, 14 March 2013, Olivier Dessibourg, "Payerne, rampe d’accès à l’espace"

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