G8 Joint Operation
Dual French and Swiss Air Force aircraft providing CAP cover during the recent G8 Talks in Evian, France.
taken at Payerne Airfield, June 01, 2003. The Mirage 2000s came from EC.12
based in Cambrai, Northern France and were carrying live Super 530 and
Magic 550 AAMs. Swiss Hornets flew 80% of the missions from Payerne carrying
AIM-9P5 Sidewinders as well as Amraams. Some aircraft also carried a FLIR
pod on the port fuselage station. Low level, low speed CAP missions were
flown by French Tucanos also operating from Payerne, whilst Swiss Air
Force PC-7s were used as spotter plans based in Sion in the Valais. Operations
were flown extensively from May 31 until June 03, thereafter crews were
maintained on readiness for the rest of the week.