Axalp 2021 Training Day Shooting Range Ebenfluh Switzerland
19th of October 2021

This year 2021 again a demo of the Swiss Air Force last year was cancelled due to COVID-19.
This year again I went up on 19 October for the training day.
It was my 52nd time I climbed the mountain (a 2 hour climb), since my first visit in 1999 to these demo days.
I go up several times during the week that the demo days are if possible, but this year only once.
Highlight of the day (for me) was the fly-by/demo of the Tiger Hunter (picture right), it are the last demo days of this Hunter, Saturday 23 October 2021 it will do its last flight...
More photos taken by me that day see below
Enjoy !!
Peter Steehouwer

(Source Wikipedia) The aviation live fire demonstration Axalp (known as Fliegerschiessen or "aviator shooting") is an air show of the Swiss Air Force on the shooting range Axalp-Ebenfluh (also called Äbeflue). There is a designated spectator area at the summit of Tschingel (46.7066°N 8.0476°E, 2240 m), about 1 km west of the target area. Initially a wartime exercise arena, in use during 1942–1945, Axalp-Ebenfluh was retained as an air force training ground after 1945. The first shooting exercise with jet engine planes, de Havilland Vampire, was held in 1949. Exercises were not public, and observation was by invitation. British Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery and Marshal of the Royal Air Force Lord Tedder were present at the exercise of February 1950. The exercises are usually held annually over two days on the beginning of October. Fighter planes no longer do bombing runs with exercise bombs, as was the original main purpose of the wartime exercise range. The event was extended into a public air show in the 1990s, in addition to the live fire exercises also including aerobatic displays, including performances by Patrouille Suisse. The "live fire" involves the use of aircraft cannons on ground targets mounted on the rock face. Depending on weather conditions, there are also exercises involving army helicopters, parachutists or landing troops. The event was cancelled in 2001 due to an accident with an air force Alouette III a few days before the scheduled date. The number of spectators was estimated at 6,500 in 2005, 9,000 in 2006 and 2009, and at 11,000 in 2012 The event was cancelled due to bad weather conditions in 2013 and 2015, and not scheduled in 2014 due to the Air14 show in Payerne. It was again cancelled in 2016 due to several accidents suffered by the Swiss Air Force. It was again held in 2017, 2018, 2019 and now 2021.

I took these photos on 19 October 2021 (Training Day) :

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