Bern, - This morning the Gripen F Demonstrator aircraft landed at Emmen Airbase after a direct flight from Linköping/Sweden. Next week the fighter aircraft will be presented to the Defence Committees and to the public during the Axalp Flight Demonstration of the Swiss Air Force.
This morning the Gripen F Demonstrator landed at Emmen Airbase after a two-hour transfer flight from Linköping. On its flight it was accompanied by a Gripen D two-seater.
The Gripen F Demonstrator will be in Switzerland from 3 to 12 October 2012. On 9 October the aircraft will be presented to the Defence Committees (SIK) in flight and on the ground, and on 10/11 October to the public during the Axalp Flight Demonstration of the Swiss Air Force.
The two-seater Gripen F Demonstrator will be flown alternately by an armasuisse pilot and by a pilot of the Swiss Air Force on the front seat. A Saab test pilot will sit on the back seat.
Prior to the arrival the Swiss pilots refreshed their knowledge of the aircraft with a simulator training in Sweden. Within the next few days the Swedish pilots will be introduced to the airspace above the challenging environment of the Swiss Alps and to the special features of the Axalp aircraft firing range.
All flights of the Gripen F Demonstrator will start from Emmen Airbase, usually in the afternoon.