F/A-18 Hornet Solo Display - F/A-18 Hornet Solo Display
|F/A-18 Hornet Solo Display|
|Currently used aircraft type:||McDonnell Douglas F/A-18|
|Sponsor:||Swiss Air Force|
|Base airfield:||Payerne military airfield|
The F / A-18 Hornet Solo Display was founded shortly after the McDonnell Douglas F / A-18 was introduced by the Swiss Air Force in 1997. The task of the F / A-18 Solo Display is to demonstrate the flight performance and maneuverability of the F / A-18 to visitors at various flight demonstrations at home and abroad. From 1997 to 1998 the team consisted of 2 display pilots, Stéphane «Punzel» Rapaz and Werner «Höffi» Hoffmann. Since 1999, the F / A-18 Hornet Display has had one active display pilot who is often accompanied to the flight demonstrations by a former or future F / A-18 Hornet Display pilot when performing abroad, who is usually accompanied by a 2 F / A 18C as a reserve on site. In contrast to the formation flight on sight and with the support of the team commander on the ground, as with the Patrouille Suisseor the PC-7 team , the F / A-18 Solo Display is not flown on sight as a reference, but a program based on numbers, engine power, angle of attack, speed, rate of climb and descent.
The F / A-18C (single-seater) is flown with no external loads, whenever possible from the F / A-18 fleet availability, the relay machine is used by the squadron in which the current F / A-18 Hornet display pilot is assigned. These are J-5011 of the Fliegerstaffel 11 Tigers, J-5017 of the Fliegerstaffel 17 Falcons or the J-5018 of the Fliegerstaffel 18 Panthers. If the relay aircraft is not available, the display is flown with any F / A-18C.
An exception was the first official flight demonstration by Stéphane «Punzel» Rapaz, who completed it with the F / A-18D J-5233, as well as the flight demonstration at MAKS 2013 near Moscow where the flight demonstration with the F / A-18D (two-seater) J- 5232 was flown with wing tanks attached. At large air shows such as the RIAT or Air14 , the Hornet Solo Display Team often flies in the opening of the flight demonstration with the PC-7 Team, the Patrouille Suisse or the Super Puma Display Team in a joint overflight formation. Home base is the Payerne military airfield .
The team has won several awards since its inception e.g. B.
- Paul Bowen Solo Jet Aerobatic Trophy 2006, 2007, 2009
- 2. Rang in «the most accurate, polish and safe display» 2012
- Commander Trophy for the “best military display” 2012
|Nicolas "Vincent" Rossier||Fliegerstaffel 17||2017–|
|Julien "Teddy" master||Fliegerstaffel 17||2014–2017|
|Bernhard «Me» Kocher||Fliegerstaffel 18||2013|
|Ralph «Deasy» Knittel||Fliegerstaffel 17||2010–2012, MAX 2013|
|Thomas «Pipo» Peier||Fliegerstaffel 18||2007–2009|
|Michael «Elvis» Reiner||Fliegerstaffel 11||2004–2007|
|Patrick "Dähli" Dähler||Fliegerstaffel 11||2001–2003|
|Frédéric «Styff» Ryff||Fliegerstaffel 17||1999–2000|
|Werner "Höffi" Hoffmann||Fliegerstaffel 11||1997–1998|
|Stéphane «Punzel» Boy||Fliegerstaffel 17||1997–1998|
- Intra issue No. 4 2013 page 18.
- Insider 2014 page 14
- See web links