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F/A-18 Swiss Hornet Solo Display Team


Badge F/A-18 Hornet Solo Display

Captain Nicolas "Vincent" Rossier, F/A-18 pilot from Fighter Squadron 17, is also the Swiss Air Force's Hornet Display pilot for the seasons 2017-2018-2019-2020. The native of Fribourg already has 2,000 flying hours to his credit, of which 1,600 are on jet aircraft, including 1,000 on the F/A-18 Hornet.

He completed the flight preparation courses (formerly FVS, now known as SPHAIR) at Ecuvillens.

Captain Rossier completed his air force training flying the following aircraft:

  • Pilatus PC-7,
  • Northrop F-5E Tiger II,
  • and Boeing F/A-18 Hornet.


Capt Rossier has been assigned to Squadron 17 since 2008. For three years, he flew the Mirage 2000-5 as exchange pilot with the French Armée de l’Air. Today, he passes on his experience as a flight instructor.

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
Since 2017  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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