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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Panova98 From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 312 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2503 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.
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 27192 posts, RR: 22
Reply 8, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2436 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.
PanHAM From Germany, joined May 2005, 10254 posts, RR: 32
Reply 9, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2297 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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