the Swiss Air Force have practiced their F18 night flying in Norway.
Nevertheless this November they intend to do this training at
Lossiemouth in Scotland.
From the 13th Nov to 8th Dec
a contingent of 35 aircrew and 100 ground staff are intend to travel to
Lossiemouth and take part in SCOTNIGHT. Originally 10 F18 C&D's were due
to deploy but on the day a flight of 9 arrived.
This training takes place
outside of Switzerland in order not to cause a disturbance to the
population. The Swiss AF had to change their training area to Scotland
due to heavy construction work at the Norwegian Air Force Base Örland,
from where they have conducted their night flying exercise for the last
Even though a return to
Norway isn't planned, the use of Lossiemouth for long term base for
their night flight training is unclear even though it fulfils all the
requirements. It had been reported that the Norwegian location is under
revue due to cost reasons.