The French Air Force's Patrouille de France gave a spectacular performance as ever. (photo by Giorgio Varisco)

The French Air Force’s Patrouille de France gave a spectacular performance as ever. (photo by Giorgio Varisco)

The Swiss Air Force held a spectacular air show to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of their founding. They held the show at Payerne Air Base, in Switzerland’s Vaud Canton. A number of European nations contributed to the festivities by sending along representative military aircraft, including several aerial demonstration teams. The Canadians even contributed a brace of CF-18 Hornets. A number of European based warbirds turned up as well.

Based in France, this Douglas A-1D Skyraider made the pilgrimage to Switzerland resplendent in the markings it once wore while serving the French Air Force. (photo by Giorgio Verasco)

Based in France, this Douglas A-1D Skyraider made the pilgrimage to Switzerland resplendent in the markings it once wore while serving the French Air Force. (photo by Giorgio Varisco)

 

A German-registered P-51D Mustang in Swiss Air Force markings made an appearance at the show. (photo by Giorgio Verasco)

A German-registered P-51D Mustang in Swiss Air Force markings made an appearance at the show. (photo by Giorgio Varisco)

 

A Swiss Junkers Ju-52. (photo by Giorgio Varisco)

A Swiss Junkers Ju-52. (photo by Giorgio Varisco)

 

The famous Swiss Air Force demonstration team Patrouille Suisse celebrating their own fiftieth anniversary flew in their Northrop F-5s. (photo by Giorgio Varisco)

The famous Swiss Air Force demonstration team Patrouille Suisse celebrating their own fiftieth anniversary flew in their Northrop F-5s. (photo by Giorgio Varisco)

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An original Bleriot XI flown by Mikael Carlson. (photo by Giorgio Varisco)

An original Bleriot XI flown by Mikael Carlson. (photo by Giorgio Varisco)

 

A Swiss Air Force F-18 Hornet demonstrating its anti-heatseaking missile defenses. (photo by Giorgio Varisco)

A Swiss Air Force F-18 Hornet demonstrating its anti-heatseaking missile defenses. (photo by Giorgio Varisco)

 

One of a pair of Polish Air Force Su-22 Fitter swing wing attack aircraft which attended the show. (photo by Giorgio Varisco)

One of a pair of Polish Air Force Su-22 Fitter swing wing attack aircraft which attended the show. (photo by Giorgio Varisco)

 

The Red Bull  P-38 Lightning shown here was also joined by their B-25 Mitchell and F4U-4 Corsair. (photo by Giorgio Varisco)

The Red Bull P-38 Lightning shown here was also joined by their B-25 Mitchell and F4U-4 Corsair. (photo by Giorgio Varisco)

 

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A civilian operated Mirage III, the only one of its kind still flying in Europe. (photo by Giorgio Varisco)

A civilian operated Mirage III, the only one of its kind still flying in Europe. (photo by Giorgio Varisco)

 

The Finnish Air Force demonstration team, The Midnight Hawks, on a rare foray outside of Finland. (photo by Giorgio Varisco)

The Finnish Air Force demonstration team, The Midnight Hawks, on a rare foray outside of Finland. (photo by Giorgio Varisco)

 

Moonbeam McSwine taking off. (photo by Giorgio Varisco)

Moonbeam McSwine taking off. (photo by Giorgio Varisco)

 

The Breitling Super Connie. (photo by Giorgio Varisco)

The Breitling Super Connie. (photo by Giorgio Varisco)

 

A very rare Swiss designed and built EKW C-3603 ground attack aircraft from WWII, recently rebuilt by Meier Motors in Germany. (photo by Giorgio Varisco)

A very rare Swiss designed and built EKW C-3603 ground attack aircraft from WWII, recently rebuilt by Meier Motors in Germany. (photo by Giorgio Varisco)

 

Old and new-ish... the world's only representative of a Morane Saulnier MS.406 in formation with a Swiss F/A-18. (photo by Giorgio Varisco)

Old and new-ish… the world’s only representative of a Morane Saulnier MS.406 in formation with a Swiss F/A-18. (photo by Giorgio Varisco)

WarbirdsNews wishes to thank the talented photographer Giorgio Varisco for the use of his amazing images. We hope you will enjoy them as much as we did! Be sure to check out his marvelous blog HERE.

There are more of Giorgio’s photos in the slideshow below…

 

 

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