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THE Swiss aerobatic display team produced a top performance in the last display of this year's Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford. And it was a fitting farewell from team leader Capt Marc 'Zimi' Zimmerli who bowed out after his last overseas display with the Patrouille Suisse.

Zimi has been a team member for nine years, so today's display was a special event . . . and the Air Tattoo Fire Services team made it something to remember by organising a water arch from two fire trucks, under which all six of the Patrouille's F-5E Tiger IIs taxied after their display.

From there the team continued to their parking spot where a red carpet was rolled out, an honour guard of 12 team crew and five fellow pilots formed, and champagne was sprayed.

Zimi said: "It was a good display to end with my last one in a foreign country -everyone worked well and I'm very happy. Yes, I'll be leaving the team but I'm moving back to an F-18 squadron which will be good."

The Air Tattoo extends its congratulations to Zimi on his time with the Patrouille Suisse, and wishes him all the best and an open invitation to come back to the airshow.

July 10, 2012

“It was an epic spectacle, as magical as anything you've ever seen in the West End, and as loud as anything you've ever heard at Knebworth.”

Jeremy Clarkson, Television Presenter

“All the thrills, excitement and noise of a Grand Prix, but in the air!”

Jenson Button, Formula 1 Racing Driver

“Probably the most complete air show Ive ever been to!”

Al Worden, Apollo 15 Astronaut

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