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F/A-18 Swiss Hornet Solo Display Team

Yannick Zanata Foensi

Badge F/A-18 Hornet Solo Display

Captain Yannick ‘Fönsi’ Zanata is an F/A-18 pilot with Aviation Squadron No 17 and is also a pilot with the Swiss Air Force's Swiss Hornet Display Team in airshow seasons from 2021. The Genevan has already logged more than 2,000 flight hours, of which 900 were with the F/A-18 Hornet.



Captain Zanata attended the SPHAIR courses in Geneva.

He completed his flight training with the Swiss Air Force on the following aircraft:

  • Pilatus PC-7
  • Pilatus PC-21
  • Boeing F/A-18 Hornet

Captain Zanata has been part of No 17 Squadron since 2014. Today he also passes on his knowledge as a flight instructor on F/A-18s and PC-7s.

Our demonstration pilot presents the Boeing F/A-18C Hornet interceptor in spectacular solo flights.

F/A-18 Hornet

For his attractive solo performances, our display pilot flies the Boeing F/A-18C Hornet interceptor.

F/A-18C Hornet

F/A-18 Swiss Hornet Solo Display Team schedule

List of our Swiss Hornet Solo Display pilots  

Display years  Name  Nickname Squadron
2021 - 2023 Capt Yannick Zanata Fönsi Fighter Squadron 17
2020 No displays (COVID)    
2017  - 2019 Capt Nicolas Rossier Vincent Fighter Squadron 17
2014 - 2016 Capt Julien Meister Teddy Fighter Squadron 17
2013  No displays    
2010 - 2012  Capt Ralph Knittel Deasy  Fighter Squadron 17
2007 - 2009  Maj Thomas Peier Pipo  Fighter Squadron 18
2004 - 2006  Capt Michael Reiner Elvis  Fighter Squadron 11
2001 -2003 Capt Patrick Dähler Dähli  Fighter Squadron 11
1999 - 2000  Capt Frédéric Ryff Styff  Fighter Squadron 17
1997 - 1998  Capt Werner Hoffmann Höffi  Fighter Squadron 11
1997 - 1998  Maj Stéphane Rapaz Punzel  Fighter Squadron 17

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