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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

Training and air displays: Cancellation due to COVID-19

Due to the current situation with regard to COVID-19, all training flights and air show appearances by the Display Teams of the Swiss Air Force have been cancelled until further notice. This also includes the planned training course by the F/A-18 Swiss Hornet Solo Display in the third quarter of 2020. We regret the cancellations and hope to be able to perform at air shows again next year. We look forward to the season ahead. In the meantime, continue to take care of yourself and observe the protective measures, get yourself tested immediately if symptoms appear, keep your distance and wear a mask if you cannot keep your distance.

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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