Air International 1987-05
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P.Steinemann - Swiss Revise Flying Training
Vampire FB Mk 6s of the Piloten-Schulen in fight over the central Alps. It will be noted that the FB Mk 6s have been fitted with the noses of redundant Venoms. The first Vampire FB Mk 6s reached Switzerland 38 years ago, in 1949, the first Vampire two-seaters following six years later. These veterans will finally give place to the BAe Hawk from 1990.
After basic instruction on the Alouette II, all helicopter pilots convert to the Alouette III.
The most recent addition to the Flugwaffe inventory, the Pilatus PC-7, is seen here flying over the Mittelland. Future fast jet pilots spend 18 weeks on the PC-7, 14 at the Piloten-Rekrutenschulen and four at the Piloten-Unteroffiziersschule.
During their third 23-week instructional phase, pupil pilots convert either to the Hunter T Mk 68 or the Northrop F-5F (shown) at the Piloten-Offiziersschulen. The aircraft in the foreground bears the insignia of Fliegerstaffel 13, this hav­ing been the third militia squadron to equip with the Tiger II.
The Pilatus P-3, piston-engined progenitor of the PC-7, has served since the mid-'fifties and is now relegated to the instrument training role for future helicopter pilots.
During their third 23-week instructional phase, pupil pilots convert either to the Hunter T Mk 68 (shown) or the Northrop F-5F at the Piloten-Offiziersschulen.
Vampire T Mk 55s of the Piloten-Schulen in fight over the central Alps. The first Vampire FB Mk 6s reached Switzerland 38 years ago, in 1949, the first Vampire two-seaters following six years later. These veterans will finally give place to the BAe Hawk from 1990.