After a lot of hard work I have finalized my Axalp Fliegerschiessen photo report that is held at the Ebenfluh shooting range in Switzerland every year by the Swiss Armed Forces. It can be found here. Curious to here what you think. Let me know!

Boeing F/A-18C Hornet entering the Axalp valley. Part of the Axalp Fliegerschiessen photo report

Boeing F/A-18 Hornet pulling a lot of vapour during a fast pass through the Valley

Unique airshow in Switzerland

I have been visiting the Axalp Fliegerschiessen airshow on a regular basis since 2005. The venue is truly unique in the world as it is one of few places where you can see fighter jets shooting live ammunition. All of this in a perfect alpine mountain setting. Given the fact that I have gathered many unforgettable moments here, it was only logical that Axalp Fliegerschiessen would be the topic of my first photo report.

There is not much like it: The Ebenflüh Shooting Range of the Swiss Air Force. It sits in a natural amphitheatre at 7365 feet above sea level, and has been in use for target practice by the Swiss Air Force since 1942.

Crowd on the Tschingl hill is waiting for the Axalp Fliegerschiessen to start

Crowd on the Tschingl hill is waiting for the action to start

Every year in the second week of October the public is welcome to see live shooting practices on the three designated targets. It all sounds very inviting, until you hear that you have to climb all the way up the mountain from the Axalp village yourself, which is a two to three hour walk depending on your condition.

Program of the Axalp Fliegerschiessen demo

The Axalp airshow usually has a fixed program that consists of:

  • Live ammunition shooting on various targets by the Boeing F/A-18 Hornets of the Swiss Air Force
  • Solo demo of the Boeing F/A-18 Hornet
  • A demo drop of paratroopers sporting Swiss flags
  • A demo of the Cougar Helicopter
  • Demonstration of the Patrouille Suisse
  • A SAR demo of the EC-635 Helicopter
A four ship mission of F/A-18 Hornets has just left Meiringen Air Force Base

A four ship mission of F/A-18 Hornets has just left Meiringen Air Force Base

How to get to Axalp

It can be bitterly cold and unfriendly up there in October. However, until now I have almost every year I been able to have a cold beer in the sunny afternoon sun in my T-shirt. Soon I will be posting an extensive article with tips and tricks how to get to Axalp. But there are many posts already that are useful in preparing for the trip. One of the most useful is this one.