Special Markings
Swiss Air Rescue – REGA

of Swiss Air Rescue

This section describes and illustrates the special markings used by aircraft of Swiss Air Rescue – REGA, since its formation:

                       Main Marking                                             Fin Flash

The first aircraft appear to have retained their original colour schemes with the addition of the first version of the Swiss Air-Rescue logo – a winged parachute – near the cockpit.

                  Main Marking                                                       Fin Flash

From about 1968 a new colour scheme was introduced featuring a red and white fuselage, or red overall fuselage with a white cheatline, and the Swiss flag on the fin. A large version of the winged-disc Swiss Air-Rescue logo was displayed on the fuselage sides, with a smaller version close to the cockpit.

                  Main Marking                                                      Fin Flash

Around 1979 the winged disc logo was replaced by the modern Rega winged red cross logo.

The overall colour scheme was updated at an unknown date. The red fuselage was retained, but the cheatline was replaced by a stylised white cross with the forward leg missing. The winged red cross REGA logo was displayed fairly small on the aft leg of the fuselage cross. The Swiss flag appears on the fin. The inscription “Rega 1414” appears near the cockpit. On fixed-wing aircraft the red and white fuselage colours are reversed.


Current Unit Assignments

of Swiss Air Rescue - REGA
Unit Type Base
REGA Center Zurich Airport
REGA 1 EC145 Dubendorf
REGA 2 EC145 Basel-Mulhouse Airport
REGA 3 EC145 Bern-Belp Airport
REGA 4 EC145 Luasanne
REGA 5 A109 Untervaz
REGA 6 A109 Locarno
REGA 7 A109 St. Gallen
REGA 8 A109 Erstfeld
REGA 9 A109 Samedan
REGA 10 A109 Williswil/Interlaken
REGA 12 A109 Mollis
REGA 14 A109 Zweisimmen
REGA 15 EC135 Geneva Airport
Swiss Air Ambulance 3 CL-604 Zurich Airport

Swiss Air Rescue

Operator Profile


Narrative Summary

Swiss Air Rescue (REGA) is a private, non-profit organisation that provides air rescue and emergency medical assistance in Switzerland and Lichtenstein. REGA mainly assists in mountain rescues and in cases of life-threatening emergencies elsewhere. REGA will also return a patron to Switzerland from a foreign country if they are in need of urgent medical care.

Swiss Air Rescue was first established in 1952 as a branch of the Swiss rescue association, Schweizerische Lebensrettungsgesellschaft (SLRG). Initially the focus was on providing medically trained parachutists, but soon small fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters were employed to deliver help more directly.

In 1960 Swiss Air-Rescue broke away from the SLRG and became a stand-alone organisation. Later the same year the first patient transfer flight back to Switzerland was carried out.

In 1979 the name REGA was adopted as a common name for the organisation across multi-lingual Switzerland.

Swiss Air Rescue – REGA now operates a fleet of 17 helicopters and 3 jet aircraft.

Key Dates

27 April 1952 Swiss Air-Rescue first established.
14 October 1952 First rescue carried out using a fixedw-ing aircraft.
22 December 1952 First rescue using a helicopter.
19 March 1960 Swiss Air-Rescue is re-organised.
May 1960 First patient repatriation fight carried out.
1979 REGA name officially adopted.

Current Status

The aircraft of REGA are fully operational.

Future Plans

No plans known.


National Insignia

Special Markings

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Aircraft operated by REGA carry standard Swiss civil registrations.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.


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

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

To be added.


Main Headquarters

Swiss Air-Rescue, Rega Centre, P. O. Box 1414, 8058 Zurich Airport, Switzerland.

Organisational Structure

Swiss Air-Rescue REGA stations a helicopter at each of 13 locations around Switzerland. The patient repatriation service is provided by a sub-division called “Swiss Air Ambulance”. The call sign REGA 11 is avoided to prevent confusion over the radio with REGA 1. REGA 13 is not used for superstitious reasons.

Current Unit Assignments

Table of Current Unit Assignments

Historical Unit Assignments

To be added.

All-Time Flying Units List

To be added.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

See unit assignments.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

To be added.

More Information


1414 – Die Erfolgsgeschichte der Rega und ihre Gesichter (Franziska Schlapfer).




Wikipedia: Rega (Air Rescue)
REGA Official Website

Any photographs illustrating this operator would be welcome.


All-Time Aircraft Used List
Swiss Air Rescue (REGA)

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Agusta A109K2 16 1992 2012 Italy
AgustaWestland A109SP GrandNew 11 2009 current Italy
Bell 47G2 ? ? ? USA
Bell 47J ? ? ? USA/Italy
Bell 206A JetRanger ? 1968 ? USA
British Aerospace 125-800B 2 1987 2002 UK
Canadair CL-600S Challenger 1 1983 1992 Canada
Canadair CL-601 Challenger 1 1992 2002 Canada
Canadair CL-604 Challenger 3 2002 current Canada
Cessna 414 1 1970 1974 USA
Cessna 421B 1 1982 1983 USA
Eurocopter EC135 1 ? current Germany
Eurocopter EC145 6 2003 current Germany
Gates Learjet 24D 1 1973 1977 USA
Gates Learjet 35A 2 1976 1988 USA
Hiller 360 ? ? ? USA
MBB Bo 105CBS-2 3 1973 1996 Germany
Piaggio P.166 1 1961 1968 Italy
Piper PA-18 Super Cub ? ? ? USA
Sud Aviation SE3160 Alouette III ? 1971 ? France
Sud Aviation SA315 Lama ? ? ? France
Sud Aviation SA319B Alouette III ? ? 1996 France