Eiger formation of Northrop F-5E Tiger II from the Swiss Air Force "Patrouille Suisse"
at the Royal Netherlands Air Force Open Days 2019, Volkel (the Netherlands)
Founded in 1964, this is the 55th anniversary of the Patrouille Suisse (1964 - 2019)
The Patrouille Suisse is an aerobatic team of the Swiss Air Force. The Patrouille Suisse normally operates six Northrop F-5E Tiger II aircraft out of total of twelve F-5Es that are maintained in team colours. Since 1996 ten aircraft are able to accept one of the eight smoke generators that were made by RUAG. When fitted with a smoke generator, including the two 40 litres (11 US gal) bottles of diesel, the right gun of the F-5E is disabled. The teams F-5Es are also used for other purposes such as training and as target tugs flown by Target Squadron 12,
facilitated by their high visibility colouring.
Each year the Netherlands armed forces services organises open days on a rotational basis. Open days are intended to show how the Netherlands Defence organisation works for peace and security throughout the world. On these days everyone is welcome to have a look behind the scenes.
The 2019 Royal Netherlands Air Force Open Days took place at Volkel Air Base, home to 312 and 313 F-16 Fighting Falcon squadrons.