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Julien «Teddy» Meister
F/A-18 Hornet Solo Display Pilot

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Captain Julien ‘Teddy’ Meister, an F/A-18 pilot flying with Fighter Squadron 17, has been appointed a Swiss Air Force Hornet display pilot for the 2014 air show season.

By January 2015, ‘Teddy’, from Morges, Canton of Vaud, has flown 2,200 flight hours; 1000 in the F/A-18 Hornet.

Captain Meister attended the FVS courses (pre-flight training, today SPHAIR External website. Content opens in new window) in Porrentruy (Canton of Jura) and Sion (Canton of Wallis).


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He completed his air force training flying the following aircraft:

First he was part of Squadron 1, but since 2006, he has been flying with Fighter Squadron 17. After working as a flight instructor on both the PC-7 and the PC-21, he was also a F/A-18 flight simulator instructor.

Our display pilots use the Hornet interceptor for the attractive solo presentations. The complete designation for the single seater version of this aircraft is Boeing F/A-18C Hornet External website.

You will find interesting information on the F/A-18 Hornet solo display team not only on our official Air Force website, but also on the following site on Facebook:


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Our display pilots inspire spectators at air shows not only in our country, but they are also very successful internationally at air shows abroad. The following links lead you to the decorations our pilots brought home.


The Hornet solo display pilots

Years  NameNicknameSquadron
2014  Captain Julien MeisterTeddyFighter Squadron 17
2013  No performances  
2010to2012Captain Ralph KnittelDeasyFighter Squadron 17
2007to2009Major Thomas PeierPipoFighter Squadron 18
2004to2006Captain Michael ReinerElvisFighter Squadron 11
2001to2003Captain Patrick DählerDähliFighter Squadron 11
1999to2000Captain Frédéric RyffStyffFighter Squadron 17
1997to1998Captain Werner HoffmannHöffiFighter Squadron 11
1997to1998Major Stéphane RapazPunzelFighter Squadron 17


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Last updated: 16.04.2015


Badge F/A-18 Hornet solo display
Batch Fliegerstaffel 17

Meetings 2015 in Switzerland

  • 19./20.06. Morgarten (ZG)
  • 22.08. Dittingen (BL)
  • 4./5.09. Schmerlat (SH)
  • 7./8.10. Axalp (BE)


Meetings 2015 abroad

  • 14.06. Cosford (UK)
  • 27./28.06. Luxeuil (FR)
  • 30.07. Culdrose (UK)
  • 29.30.08. Sliač (SVK)
  • 18.-20.09. Sanicole (BE)


Training schedule

See website in German.


Further information





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