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Follow the latest updates from Gripen at Axalp 2013.
9 October 2013
Like many feared, today´s live firing demonstration was cancelled due to bad weather. For the people that were already at the lift station, they could at least find some comfort from the Gripen staff serving warm blueberry soup and handing out popular Gripen merchandise.
LATEST UPDATES: Tomorrow´s live firing demonstration is also cancelled due to bad weather.
General repetition at a sunny Axalp
8 October 2013
Tuesday offered typical October mountain weather with mist and low clouds. For the people that stayed at the Axalp lift station it was impossible to see any of the fighter planes but listening to the live firing was no problem. Gripen took off twice from Payerne Air Base and made two passes. For the brave people who actually walked the three hours to the very top of Axalp’s live firing range they were met by a sunny and clear sky and of course a spectacular sight of the participating fighter planes.Photo: Sven ZimmermannPhoto: Sven ZimmermannPhoto: Sven ZimmermannPhoto: Sven Zimmermann
Good start of the week
7 October 2013
One flight in the morning with the Swedish and Swiss pilots Jan-Olof Lindström and Fabio ‘Fanta’ Antognini who formed ‘The Morning Team’. It was chilly and cloudy at Payerne Air Base yet sunny and beautiful on Axalp over 100km away where the first photographers and spectators had assembled. A second flight took off in the afternoon with the second pair of Gipen pilots; Peter Wiklund from Sweden and Bernhard ‘Beni’ Berset from Switzerland.The atmosphere is calm and focused with pilots from both countries demonstrating a similar temperament and getting along well. A small but noticeable difference is ‘Fanta’ – when he uses his hands whilst speaking you know he is from the Italian side of Switzerland!Photo: Sven ZimmermannPhoto: Sven ZimmermannPhoto: Sven Zimmermann
The first flight passes are done
4 October 2013
Today two Gripen C from FMV have performed a dry run (no ammunition onboard) over the mountains of Axalp where the Swiss Air Force live fire event will take part next week. The weather was a bit foggy and misty when Chief Test pilot Jan-Olof Lindström, FMV and Fabio “Fanta” Antognini, Test Pilot Swiss Air Force took off and flew over the mountains during the first morning flight. Later during the day the sun had pushed away the fog and now it was Bernhard “Beni” Berset, Chief Test Pilot VBS/armasuisse and Test Pilot Peter Wiklund, FMV turn to explore Gripen´s excellent maneuverability.Each flight pass took about an hour and afterwards there were smiling faces from both the pilots and ground crew of the Swiss and the Swedish side. Photo: Peter LianderPhoto: Peter LianderPhoto: Peter LianderPhoto: Peter Liander
The preparations have started
These three Gripen C landed on Payerne air base today. Two of the fighters will participate in the Swiss Air Force live fire event at Axalp next week and the third one is in reserve.Photo: Adrian Fluehmann Photo: Adrian Fluehmann Photo: Adrian Fluehmann