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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. 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


The F/A-18 Swiss Hornet Solo Display 2020 Season has been postponed until further notice. We hope to be able to fly for you again as soon as possible. Stay healthy and stay at home!

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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