MOUNTAIN MASTERS

A spectacular firing range high in the Alps, Switzerland’s Axalp- Ebenfluh has been used to train air-to-ground gunnery since WW2.

EVERY YEAR, IN the first two weeks of October, a two-day event high in the Swiss Alps attracts world attention. Photographers cling to the mountainside and witness live aerial gunnery in a majestic and rugged natural amphitheater. Some lucky observers and VIPs are flown in by helicopter, while others must access this unique firing range — located at 2,243m above sea level — via a chairlift that starts from the small village of Axalp. The final 350m of the climb to the famous Axalp-Ebenfluh firing range is along a narrow pathway, the gateway to one of the most spectacular air power demonstrations of all.

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