“Swiss Air Force – The Movie”

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First, yes, you read the title correctly. (Top Gun was already taken.) Second, who knew there was an international film festival for the world’s military? I did not. However, Swiss Air Force – The Movie was a recent winner of the International Military Film Festival in Rome, awarded with the Certificate of ‘Creative Excellence’ at the US International Film & Video Festival in Los Angeles in June 2004 and won the ‘Silver Globe Award 2004’ at the International World Media Festival in Hamburg. Not bad, eh? This is the synopsis…

An awe-inspiring and informative insight into the Swiss Air Force. A film that takes the viewer all the way from the stratosphere and high over the mountain tops, to behind the scenes of daily Air Force operations. Featuring: spectacular night trap maneuvers, air-to-air refueling of an F/A-18, night search and rescue operations on a glacier with the REGA and a Super-Puma helicopter equipped with an infrared camera…
…And the highlight: F/A-18 and MiG-29 engaging in a dog fight over everlasting snows, a rush of impressions giving you a totally new movie experience.

Enjoy viewing this short Quicktime trailer, which is also available as a Windows Media trailer. And, there are dial-up versions available.

Swiss F/A-18 Hornet

And maybe now you have a clue as to why it is a contingent of the Swiss Army that guards the Vatican. (Why the Swiss Guard? There’s a nice little history lesson in that for those interested.) The Swiss may be neutral, but they do know how to fight and build superb combat equipment. Remember, each Swiss male citizen is obliged to perform a few years of military duty, and all keep their rifles and uniforms at home–just waiting for someone to say, “Bring it on.”

Swiss F-5 Tiger II

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