The AIR14 was concluded with 24 F-5 Tigers of the Swiss Air Force forming the number “100” in Payerne’s sky. Almost 400’000 people helped make the air show a great success, celebrating 100 years of Swiss military aviation, 50 years of Patrouille Suisse and 25 years of PC-7 TEAM.
In 184 displays, pilots from all over the world flew a grand total of 50 hours during the two AIR14 weekends and the much-visited training days in-between. “It was simply magical” says the director of AIR14, General Staff Colonel Ian Logan. “We wanted to pay tribute to our aviation history and I believe we’ve done so spectacularly.”
At least 2’000 military personnel, mostly militia, were on duty on every flight day. Ian Logan especially thanked the many volunteers and civilian services: they helped ensure the success of AIR14 in numerous ways. The volunteers alone contributed over 4800 working days.
Most visitors arrived by car. The final count is 86’400 vehicles in AIR14 parking during the entire event. Traffic jams were inevitable with this many cars, especially in the morning. Close to 75’000 people travelled by train. According to SBB spokesman Frédéric Revaz, public transportation worked well. The SBB used 138 chartered trains and added extra coaches in order to accommodate more passengers. The AIR14 organizers are very proud of the fact that 15’000 bicycles found their way to AIR14.
Medical teams helped more than 1056 visitors with health issues. Ten cases were classified severe, necessitating five helicopter evacuations.
According to officials this is a very low number regarding the size of the event. General Staff Colonel Simone Rossi, Head of Security AIR14, says issues were mainly related to the high temperatures. “The security forces and their deployment worked well during AIR14 and had good response times” says Rossi. The collaboration with civilian services and the police departments of the cantons of Vaud and Fribourg worked very well. The AIR14 visitors were definitely on their best behaviour.
Word of thanks from the director
It is with great pride that I may meet my superiors today and announce to them: mission accomplished, goals reached. Thanks to you dear visitors, AIR14 has become a great success. Whether from one of the four corners of Switzerland, from Europe or from abroad, you came to Payerne, and I thank you wholeheartedly in the name of the organizational committee. We can’t imagine a better way to celebrate 100 years of Swiss Military Aviation and the jubilees of our acrobatic squadrons.
The smiles on the faces and the glimmer in the eyes of several hundred thousand visitors, both old and young, will be remembered as AIR14’s symbols of success. We would not have been able to achieve this without some outstanding team work. Almost 150 people have worked on the planning over the last 3 years, everyone from active to retired personnel from our air force, armed forces and federal administration contributed to bring this event to life.
All of this wouldn’t have been possible without the backing of the population and the surrounding municipalities, neither without the efficiency of the civil services of the cantons Vaud and Fribourg, nor the troops from our armed forces, nor the support of our numerous partners. Let’s not forget the countless volunteers who helped. All of you deserve our innermost gratitude for your contribution to this dignified homage to our aviators.
Our security and freedom are the cornerstones of success and prosperity in our country. Our Armed Forces, which include the Swiss Air Force, are in part guardians of these values we so cherish.
History – Homage – Innovation: the red thread of AIR14.
In the name of the organizational committee of AIR14 PAYERNE
General Staff Colonel Ian Logan
Director AIR14 PAYERNE
AIR14 Final Cut
The film "AIR14 Final Cut" shows the great moments of the air shows and allows to see behind the curtain.