Wednesday 28 September 2016

Top Fun: Swiss stunt flying team wows crowds

Published 18/07/2015 | 02:30

Members of the Patrouille Suisse take to the skies for 20-minute rehersal. Photo: Colin Keegan
Members of the Patrouille Suisse take to the skies for 20-minute rehersal. Photo: Colin Keegan
From left: Capt Gael ‘Gali’ Lachat, Capt Michael ‘Maestro’ Meister, Capt Gunnar ‘Gandalf’ Jansen, Capt Michael ‘Pupi’ Duft, Capt Rodolfo ‘Roody’ Freiburghaus and Capt Simon ‘Billy’ Billeter of the Swiss Air Force aerobatic team ‘Patrouille Suisse’ at Casement Aerodrome yesterday
Capt. Michael "Maestro" Meister of the Swiss Air Force aerobatic team, 'Patrouille Suisse' pictured preparing for flight at Casement Aerodrome

Spectators were treated to an amazing acrobatic fly-past as the vapour trails of Swiss Air Force jets scudded across the Irish skyline.

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In their signature red and white Tiger aircraft, the aerobatic display team, known as 'Patrouille Suisse', took to the skies above Bray, Co Wicklow, yesterday.

They performed a range of intricate, stomach-churning stunts to a captivated audience on the ground.

They also joined forces with the Irish Air Corps for rehearsals ahead of the Bray Air Display tomorrow.

Flying for more than 50 years, Patrouille Suisse are making their eagerly awaited Irish debut at the event, during which they'll perform death-defying manoeuvres such as 'Gear Down Barrel Rolls', plus the painted 'Heart' and the 'Tango'.

Their exploits in the sky will see them fly between 250 and 1,100kmh.

They are one of the few aerobatic teams in the world to fly in supersonic jet aircraft with active military pilots, and will be based at the Casement Aerodrome in Baldonnel during their Irish stay.

Irish Independent

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