IACE 2019 – Day 8
We started the day as any other with the breakfast. After which, we finished packing all our luggage for the return to Grenchen. The next hours were spent on the airport in Samedan. We had a planned visit to the REGA base stationed there, but they were on active duty at the time, but we spent plenty of time watching the arrival and departures of Gulfstream aircraft, which is always a highlight! The Super Puma came right on time for the flight to the Patrouille Suisse in Emmen. After stepping down after landing, we were surprised by a spectacular formation flight and a punctual landing by the NF-5’s in red/white swiss livery. Right after, there were 2 amazing F-18 launches, practically on schedule. Next, we were able to look at a static display of the NF-5. Splitted into 2 groups, half of us started with a tour of the outside of the aircraft and the other half with the cockpit. Afterwards, they showed a video of their 2018 highlights and explained their team to us. It was a great experience and we handed them a certificate for their amazing work and thanked them for having us. It was unfortunately already time for the flight back, but a second flight in a day on the Super Puma made us immediately enthusiastic again. In Grenchen, we had once again a dinner at Tennis Chugele, a fitting ending for this day.
Bob (Dutch Cadet)