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Which Dormant Swiss AF Bases Used By Airlines?  
User currently offlineBoeing777/747 From Belgium, joined Dec 2001, 643 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 2 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2522 times:

Are there airlines which make use of dormant Swiss Air Froce bases? If so, which bases are these than?

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User currently offlineMbm3 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 848 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (6 years 2 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2509 times:
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The ones that "officially" exist or the ones disguised as roads or the like?  Big grin


Some of the disguised facilities could make for some interesting approaches with an AVRO!



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User currently offlineBoeing777/747 From Belgium, joined Dec 2001, 643 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 2 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2499 times:

LOL. No, the one(s) with official runway-airport system.

User currently offlineRheinwaldner From Switzerland, joined Jan 2008, 2261 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (6 years 2 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2472 times:

I don't think there are any airlines on these bases.

User currently offlineMbm3 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 848 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (6 years 2 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2459 times:
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For those of you who do not understand my reference, the below links might be interesting to you:

http://www.targeta.co.uk/meiringen_intro.htm

http://www.skycontrol.net/photograph...st-photogenic-airfields-in-europe/

http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ge...198&spn=0.021792,0.038624&t=h&z=15

It it my understanding that there are other less publicly acknowledged airfields around Switzerland along with the other hidden military facilities. Travel around the countryside enough and you are bound to see some surprises!



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User currently offlineBoeing777/747 From Belgium, joined Dec 2001, 643 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 2 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2454 times:



Quoting Rheinwaldner (Reply 3):
I don't think there are any airlines on these bases

Thanks for replying. What are the names of, and/or where are the dormant Swiss AF bases situated?


User currently offlineLHBSL From Switzerland, joined Mar 2007, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 2 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2349 times:

Off Topic:

Next Weekend (Fr.26. & Sa.27.09.) is the Air Force Base of Sion in the Valais open for the public. Ther are display programms of F/A-18, the PC7 Team and the Patrouille Suisse.

See you there...  Wink


User currently offlinePanova98 From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 307 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 2 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2181 times:

To this American, seeing some military jet dive bombing in a beautiful, beautiful Swiss Alp valley is quite a shock. Down in the Engadine valley, between Zuoz and Zernez, or around Meiringen. Wow!

Just wondering, is there, or has there ever been commerical airliner service at the beautifully-situated Samedan airport? Probably those folks going over to St. Moritz wouldn't think of flying commercial, but those of us who love staying in Samedan would like it.


User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25871 posts, RR: 22
Reply 8, posted (6 years 2 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2114 times:



Quoting LHBSL (Reply 6):
Next Weekend (Fr.26. & Sa.27.09.) is the Air Force Base of Sion in the Valais open for the public. Ther are display programms of F/A-18, the PC7 Team and the Patrouille Suisse.

Sion (SIR) is a joint military/commercial airport, although most nearby residents would like the air force to move out due to the noise. For a few years during the winter LX operated a couple of weekend flights with Avro RJs from LHR to SIR for ski traffic. They were published as scheduled flights. They haven't operated those for the past 2 or 3 years. Diversions were fairly common due to weather combined with the nearby terrain. SIR still gets some charter flights and plenty of business jets especially during the ski season. It's about 30 miles (as the crow flies) from the Matterhorn.


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User currently offlinePanHAM From Germany, joined May 2005, 9676 posts, RR: 31
Reply 9, posted (6 years 2 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1975 times:

Just to add some information to Sion. That used to be the base of a Swiss cargo charter airline in the 70s, Transvalair. They operated a single CL44 (not sure if they added another one later) on aqd-hoc charters, They also dismantled some Air canada early DC8s at Sion.

I flew out of Sion with Transvalair on a charter I handled and we made a right turn into the Zermatt Valley with the Matterhorn straight ahead. The F/O asked the captain right or left side, i think we passed the matterhorn on the right hand side, definately not over it, with 27 tons of cargo behind.

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