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Old 09.04.2021, 09:03
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Where are the airforce bases?

Anything to see there?

I've been in Interlaken and surrounding areas all week and we constantly hear the jets above (at least during office hours), normally pretty high up but I've seen them a few times, the distinctive F18s ..

Wondering if there's a base nearby that's worth a visit, see some take offs / landings?
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Old 09.04.2021, 09:05
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Re: Where are the airforce bases?

Payerne.
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Old 09.04.2021, 09:16
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Re: Where are the airforce bases?

Meiringen will be the one near to Interlaken.
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Re: Where are the airforce bases?

Closest to you would be Payerne. Definitely worth a visit and take along the kids. First stop should be the Clin d'Ailes Aviation Museum. Up until 2017 there were two roads that intersected the runway that were controlled as level crossings: open for regular traffic except during business hours (you literally just drove across the runway). But when the lights flashed and the gates came down, instead of trains whooshing by you had F18s taking off and landing. Apparently these crossings are now permanently closed, but you can still get very close to the runway and planes taking off. They normally take off for their afternoon flights on weekdays at 13:30, but I bet some plane enthusiast here might be able to provide more precise information about flying times, as I'm not 100% sure they fly every day.

Here's a link with some info in English.
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Old 09.04.2021, 09:19
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Re: Where are the airforce bases?

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Closest to you would be Payerne.
Thatís no where near Interlaken. They will be from Meiringen.
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Re: Where are the airforce bases?

They don't fly every day, look at their schedule (planification du service du vol 2021)

https://www.vtg.admin.ch/fr/organisa...e_et_planifica
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Re: Where are the airforce bases?

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That’s no where near Interlaken. They will be from Meiringen.
The OP lives near Nyon. ;-)
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Re: Where are the airforce bases?

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They don't fly every day, look at their schedule (planification du service du vol 2021)

https://www.vtg.admin.ch/fr/organisa...e_et_planifica
Thanks! That's a very handy link to have.
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Re: Where are the airforce bases?

Thanks people .. I'm definitely nearer to Meiringen right now .
Looks like tours are not on thanks to covid.. Oh well..

We've seen and heard the planes all over, got a nice view of them yesterday from shilthorn / piz gloria .. Totally clear day, amazing views..
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Re: Where are the airforce bases?

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The OP lives near Nyon. ;-)
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I've been in Interlaken and surrounding areas all week....

Wondering if there's a base nearby that's worth a visit, see some take offs / landings?
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Thanks people .. I'm definitely nearer to Meiringen right now .
Looks like tours are not on thanks to covid.. Oh well..

We've seen and heard the planes all over, got a nice view of them yesterday from shilthorn / piz gloria .. Totally clear day, amazing views..
There is a level crossing next to the runway. You can get super close to watch take-offs even if you canít go on to base. They often go up right after lunch.
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Re: Where are the airforce bases?

The museum at Payerne is open in the afternoons Mon-Fri, and it’s on your way home. Could be a nice break in the journey.
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Re: Where are the airforce bases?

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Thatís no where near Interlaken. They will be from Meiringen.
Possible. But how long do you think an F-18 needs from Payerne to Interlaken?
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Re: Where are the airforce bases?

Could also be from Emmen
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