Swiss Repetition and Bulgarian Migs

Swiss Repetition and Bulgarian Migs

Postby Kevin Martin on Tue 29 Mar 2011, 11:09 am

Last week completed a busy few days for me with a visit to Switzerland for the Cour’s de repetition, a 3 week period of intensive flying training at the beautiful air base at Sion. With snow still on the mountains you would be forgiven for expecting cold weather but the weather turned out to be glorious and warm for the duration of the week.

At the end of this thread there are also a handful of photo’s taken in Bulgaria the week before, but as I’ve not had time to sort through them yet I tagged them on the end of here.

Hope you enjoy and comments/discussion welcome…..

Kevin
http://www.flickr.com/kevinmartin1/sets




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Last flights of the day at Sion by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr


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Day 3 2 094 by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr


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Day2 3 030 by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr



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Day2 2 308 by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr


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Swiss AF Beech 400 leaving Sion by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr


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Hornet mountain top departure by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr


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F-5 Tiger low take off by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr


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Swiss Hornet returning to box by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr


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PC-7 turning over Sion by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr


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Leaving the Box by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr


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Hornet climbing at Sion by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr


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Day 3 2 202 by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr


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Hornet turning of runway 07 by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr




During my stay in Switzerland I also made a visit to Alpnach helicopter transport base and the nearby Pilatus factory at Stans where they are currently underway building PC-21’s for the UAE airforce.


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UAE PC-21 128 at Stans by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr


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UAE PC-21 129 test flights at Stans by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr


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UAE PC-21 crossing the road at Stans by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr



Maybe a civvie but I suppose it is the aircraft used to sell military contracts…..

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PC-9 Company demonstrator at Stans by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr


A few at Alpnach where viewing was somewhat restricted due to an Army Bridge building exercise being carried out where I really wanted to be….

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Swiss EC635 over Alpnach by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr


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Swiss Cougar at Alpnach by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr

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Day1 1 215 by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr


This Mirage III is in a service station near to Payerne

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Mirage III @ Motorway rest stop nr Payerne AFB by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr



And back to Sion for some more Tigers and Hornets……


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Day2 2 173 by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr


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Day 4 1 020 by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr


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Hornet Head On by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr


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F-5 Two-seat departure by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr



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F-18's Combat Patrol over Sion by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr

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Day 3 1 100 by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr


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Swiss F-5 Tigers launching from Son by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr

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Landing for lunch by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr

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F-18D Morning launch by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr


And finally to finish, and completely unrelated to the above some Bulgarian Migs taken at the Graf Ignatievo open house a few days prior the Swiss trip. I’ve a lot of catching up to do so didn’t want to start a new thread for a handful of pics…….

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Bulgarian Mig 29 3 by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr


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Bulgarian Mig 21 1 by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr


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Bulgarian Mig 29 2 by Kevin Martin 1, on Flickr


Thanks for looking , and feel free to comment/discuss etc…..

Kevin

http://www.flickr.com/kevinmartin1/sets
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Re: Swiss Repetition and Bulgarian Migs

Postby RichPittman on Tue 29 Mar 2011, 11:24 am

Fantastic usual standard Kev.

Whats happening in pic nu1?

Loads of nice images and liking the portrait castle shot and the contrails :smile:
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Re: Swiss Repetition and Bulgarian Migs

Postby tommercer on Tue 29 Mar 2011, 11:51 am

What a beautiful set! Very jealous
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Re: Swiss Repetition and Bulgarian Migs

Postby solent on Tue 29 Mar 2011, 12:10 pm

Thanks for sharing those. Fantastic pics. Enjoyed looking through
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Re: Swiss Repetition and Bulgarian Migs

Postby IanH on Tue 29 Mar 2011, 12:18 pm

Smashing set from start to finish. All great.

Regards, Ian
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Re: Swiss Repetition and Bulgarian Migs

Postby sgkoksijde on Tue 29 Mar 2011, 7:25 pm

wow, amazing shots Kevin, great pictures
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Re: Swiss Repetition and Bulgarian Migs

Postby timuss on Tue 29 Mar 2011, 7:44 pm

WOW cracking set what a lovely place for an airbase :clap: :clap:
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Re: Swiss Repetition and Bulgarian Migs

Postby JohnF on Tue 29 Mar 2011, 7:53 pm

Blimey, you've been busy. What a wonderful set. :clap:
I've been to Stans once myself but still can't believe cars have to stop to let aircraft cross!
Fantastic shots of the F-5's and that Hornet on finals with the fort in the background. Stunning scenery.
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Re: Swiss Repetition and Bulgarian Migs

Postby Kevin Martin on Tue 29 Mar 2011, 9:11 pm

RichPittman wrote:Fantastic usual standard Kev.

Whats happening in pic nu1?

Loads of nice images and liking the portrait castle shot and the contrails :smile:



Hi Rich,

It seems to be a bit of a tradition when ever I've visited a Swiss airbase that the last flights of the day usually participate in a practice emergancy scenario. On this occaision they used 2 aircraft where the pilots just dumped them at the end of RW07 and then 'acted' as if they were unconsious until they were rescued. Hopefully they arer better pilots than they were actors! The fact they put them in one of the best spots for light and photo's was just luck I guess.

Cheers;

Kevin
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