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 2014, ‘Teddy’, from Morges, Canton of Vaud, has flown 2,000 flight hours; 800 in the F/A-18 Hornet.
Captain Meister attended the FVS courses (pre-flight training, today SPHAIR ) in Porrentruy (Canton of Jura) and Sion (Canton of Wallis).
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 .
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, unofficial websites:
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.
These photographs are available in print-quality in the column on the right.