Fighter Squadron 17
Fighter Squadron 17, one of three F/A-18 Hornet squadrons in Switzerland and part of Air Force Wing 11, is based at Payerne Air Base, Canton of Vaud, in Western Switzerland.
In 1997, the former Mirage IIIS squadron was the first unit in Switzerland to make the transition to the F/A-18C/D, which was mainly assembled in our country. Before Fighter Squadron 11 and 18 were retrained as well, Fighter Squadron 17 was considered the standardisation squadron.
Today, flying the modern F/A-18C Hornet fighter jet, Fighter Squadron 17 forms part of the backbone of Switzerland’s air defence. One of its tasks is to train on a daily basis in order to maintain its high standards and the ability to adapt to new situations.
In January 2010, at Payerne Air Base, Fighter Squadrons 17 and 18 accepted ‘their’ Boeing F/A-18C Hornet J-5017 and J-5018 with the squadron emblems painted on the tail units.
Last updated: 16.02.2015