Exercise Stabante-Meiringen, Switzerland Updated

Exercise Stabante-Meiringen, Switzerland Updated

Postby Kevin Martin on Sun 09 Oct 2011, 7:30 pm

Hi all,

Just back from a week long stay in Switzerland that nicely coincided with the airbase at Meiringen taking part in the large scale exercise Stabante. Beautiful weather, apart from one day and plenty of flying from 8am until 10pm from the large contingent of F-5’s, F-18’s and PC-7 trainers present. With Meiringen being the hub of the action the other bases were much quieter than normal so not to many photo’s from elsewhere this time round.

Comments & disccusion more than welcome,

Kevin
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Day3Card3 020 by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr

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Day3Card1 052 by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr

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Waiting to cross at the road barrier by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr

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Colourful departures by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr

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Patroulle Suisse schemed F-5 in operational fit by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr

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Late Chute Drop by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr

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Day3Card1 067 by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr

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Climbing high out of Meiringen by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr

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F-5 on the way through Unterbach by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr

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Card1 147 by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr

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Early morning light at Meiringen by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr

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Sun down before night flights at Meiringen by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr

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Sun going down during 7PM recoveries by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr

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Night flights ready for take off by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr

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Staffel 11 Tiger F-18 by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr

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Driving to the shops in a F-5 by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr

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Card1 218 by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr

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Tuesday 2 064 by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr

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PC-7 on short finals by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr

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Misty PC-7 take off by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr

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Swiss Couger at Meiringen by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr


One day of bad weather, rain,winds and snow in the mountains wasn’t bad going…..
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Still going strong in the rain Friday by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr

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Cold wet and windy take offs by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr

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Over the piano keys by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr

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On the way to the Marshalling area by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr

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Friday1 198alt by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr

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On the way to RW 28 for departure by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr


And of course, all this activity was carried out under the watchful eyes of the local security….

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Swiss Special Forces in disguise keeping an eye on things by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr

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Long, Low take off by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr

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Watching the watchers by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr


A brief visit to Alpnach to see what helo’s were around….

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Alpnach Cougar Landing by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr

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Alpnach EC635 arriving by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr


Back at Meiringen to finish off……..

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Meiringen F-18 "Panther" by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr

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Meiringen F-18 "Tiger" by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr

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Meiringen F-5's take off by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr

Thanks for looking;

Kevin
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Last edited by Kevin Martin on Wed 12 Oct 2011, 2:31 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Exercise Stabante-Meiringen, Switzerland

Postby Vixen1 on Sun 09 Oct 2011, 7:50 pm

Wonderful set of shots Kev. :clap: I never tire of seeing shots from Meiringen. The head-ons of the F18s are interesting, how did you get so much elevation on those?
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Re: Exercise Stabante-Meiringen, Switzerland

Postby IanH on Sun 09 Oct 2011, 7:57 pm

Second excellent post in the same evening...what`s going on. Lovely weather and aircraft to warm us all up. Like the goat!

Regards, Ian
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Re: Exercise Stabante-Meiringen, Switzerland

Postby RichPittman on Sun 09 Oct 2011, 8:04 pm

Excellent sat as ever Kev.
Not sure about the different size of photo though.

Were they using the rarely used taxi-way
Looks like it in some of the shots?

Could tell the WX was great as we could see Dubendorf and Zurich clearly on the way home from Sofia.

Cheers Rich
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Re: Exercise Stabante-Meiringen, Switzerland

Postby bigcrow on Sun 09 Oct 2011, 8:18 pm

Outstanding photography, some excellent compositions... :clap:
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Re: Exercise Stabante-Meiringen, Switzerland

Postby POD on Sun 09 Oct 2011, 8:42 pm

Yep, some beauties in there :clap:

Kev.
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Re: Exercise Stabante-Meiringen, Switzerland

Postby TonyO on Sun 09 Oct 2011, 8:58 pm

Love that first shot Kevin! Cool seeing Patrouille Suisse jets with AIM-9s too!
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Re: Exercise Stabante-Meiringen, Switzerland

Postby Kevin Martin on Mon 10 Oct 2011, 4:14 pm

Vixen1 wrote:Wonderful set of shots Kev. :clap: I never tire of seeing shots from Meiringen. The head-ons of the F18s are interesting, how did you get so much elevation on those?


Hi Tony, the elevated shots are from an old HAS site opposite the Hornet cavern that nobody seems to mind if you climb up! I think I was the only person at Meiringen wanting it to rain to get the shots without the sun being too much of a problem!

RichPittman wrote:Were they using the rarely used taxi-way
Looks like it in some of the shots?


Yes Rich, the old diagonal taxi way was is much use, part of the clincher for why I choose this over Bezmer, allthough it was a late decision!

Cheers guys,

Kevin
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Re: Exercise Stabante-Meiringen, Switzerland

Postby Kevin Martin on Wed 12 Oct 2011, 1:54 pm

Despite the aparent lack of intrest :confused: a small update to the set.

Thanks to all those that have looked

Kevin
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On the way to Meiringen on the Sunday , we passed Payerne and the evening sun made it hard not to resist shooting some of the various preserved aircraft around the base.


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Payerne in the evening by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr


Monday morning at Meiringen

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Swiss F-5 finding its way back by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr


Walking across the runway between flights….
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Crossing the runway at Meiringen between flights by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr

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F-5 in Pat Suisse scheme by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr

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F-18 11 Staffel Tail by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr

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Turning to avoid the landscape by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr

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Staffel 17 Falcons tail by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr

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Meiringen EC635 operations by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr


A second visit to Payerne for a morning resulted in a few more Hornets and Tigers. The trouble with Payerne after visiting Meiringen is it actually looks like an erm…..airbase!

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Payerne Hornet after landing by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr

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Taking a shortcut to catch up wing man by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr


And finally from the last day with the bad weather finally on its way…
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The snow and rain is coming.. by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr

Thanks again for taking the time to look,

Kevin
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Re: Exercise Stabante-Meiringen, Switzerland Updated

Postby LN Strike Eagle on Wed 12 Oct 2011, 3:21 pm

Excellent photos throughout, but the last one is beautiful. :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Exercise Stabante-Meiringen, Switzerland Updated

Postby PChaplin on Wed 12 Oct 2011, 4:26 pm

Loving the last shot - well done :clap:
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Re: Exercise Stabante-Meiringen, Switzerland Updated

Postby TLM on Wed 12 Oct 2011, 6:27 pm

Fantastic shots Kevin. Very hard to pick a winner as they are all so good.

Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Exercise Stabante-Meiringen, Switzerland Updated

Postby timuss on Wed 12 Oct 2011, 8:02 pm

Super shots what an amazing location :clap: :cool: :drool:
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Re: Exercise Stabante-Meiringen, Switzerland Updated

Postby viper12 on Sat 15 Oct 2011, 8:56 pm

great picture very nice best weather in the ountain :clap: :clap: :clap:
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