Swiss Air Force

Operator Profile

Key Facts

Current Title:
Schweizer Luftwaffe
English Title:
Swiss Air Force
First Established:
ICAO Code:


Narrative Summary

Air Force History

Key Dates

Air Force Timeline

Current Status

To be added

Future Plans

Obtain a replacement for the F-5E.


National Insignia


Aircraft Serial Numbers

Up until 1934, Swiss military aircraft were allocated a simple three digit numerical serial number. After this date a letter was added to the serial indicating the aircraft’s main role: A = Transport, B = Bomber/Photo Survey, C = Reconnaissance, J = Fighter, U = Trainer, V = Observation/Liaison; eg: Vampire J-1005.


Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used.

Current Aircraft Inventory

Table of Current Service Aircraft

All-Time Aircraft Used List

All-Time Table of Aircraft Used

Aircraft NOT Used

False reports of aircraft on order or in service


Main Headquarters

Papierm├╝hlstrass 14, 3000 Bern 25.

Organisational Structure

In ‘peacetime’ the Berufsfliegerkorps (Professional Aviation Corps) and the Kommando Lufttransport (Air Transport Command) are the only full time operational units – called the Einsatz Luftwaffe. The remaining staffeln are reserve units, called up at intervals during the year for deployment to their wartime bases. At other times, refresher and continuation training is carried out at the major bases.

Current Order of Battle

Table of Current Order of Battle

Historical Orders of Battle

List of Historical Orders of Battle

All-Time Flying Units List

Units List

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The main air bases currently used are Alpnach, Dubendorf, Emmen and Payerne.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

A number of older air bases have been closed, and there are also a number of smaller airports and airfields around the country which are designated as wartime bases for use by the Air Force.
Military Air Bases Listing

More Information


Swiss Military Aviation Bibliography – to be added.


World Air Power Journal No.5 p.152-156
Air Forces Monthly December 1993


Swiss Air Force Photo Feature 1
Swiss Air Force Photo Feature 2

Official Homepage of the Swiss air Force

wikipedia: Swiss Air Force
wikipedia: History of the Swiss Air Force

Scramble: Swiss Air Arms

Aircraft Pictures from Switzerland

Airshow Action Foto Gallery: Payerne 2007

Swiss Air Force at Work in the Alps

Swiss Air Force PC-7 Team

Swiss Mustangs

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