Swiss Hornets in the UK

Mick Britton was at RAF Leeming as the Swiss Air Force undertook a second major detachment to the UK for advanced flying training.

Swiss Air Force F/A-18C J-5006 taxies out of its HAS at RAF Leeming during Yorknite 2019. Aircraft and crews were provided by Fliegerstaf el 11, 17 and 18 based at Payerne and Meiringen.
All photos Mick Britton

The Swiss Air Force arrived at RAF Leeming, North Yorkshire, on November 11 with a large deployment for what appears to be an annual low-level and night flying exercise in UK airspace – following on from a similar event at RAF Lossiemouth, Moray, in 2018. The latest manoeuvres, dubbed Yorknite 2019, involved the Payerne- and Meiringen-based F/A-18C/D Hornets and personnel of Fliegerstaffel 11, 17 and 18.

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