The F/A-18 Hornet is a twin-engine, supersonic multi-role combat jet that is designed to carry out air-to-air missions and attack ground targets (the F/A designation stands for Fighter/Attack).
The aircraft, which entered service with the Swiss Air Force in 1997, is suited to Switzerland's mountainous regions and narrow valleys as well as its short runways. It is currently flown by three Swiss squadrons which operate out of Meiringen and Payerne.
The aircraft's speed, manoeuvrability and acceleration make it a hugely popular display aircraft on the international airshow circuit. In Swiss hands, it first appeared at an Air Tattoo in 1997.
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