The Fliegerstaffel 18 (Fightersquadron 18) «Panthers» of the Swiss Air Force is a Berufsfliegerkorps squadron equipped with McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 and is together with the Fliegerstaffel 19 part of the Fliegergeschwader 14. The home base of the Fliegerstaffel 18 is the Payerne Air Base. The Fliegerstaffel 18 carries as a coat of arms a Black Panther on green ground.
1925 the establishment of the Fliegerkompanie 18 took place, from 1928 to 1941 it used the Dewoitine D-27. From 1941 to 1949 flight operations were done with Morane D-3800. In 1945 he Fliegerkompanie 18 was 1945 renamed to Fliegerstaffel 18. From 1949 to 1956 the Fliegerstaffel 18 was equipped with P-51 Mustang. The jet-aircraft De Havilland D.H. 112 Venom was used at the Fliegerstaffel 18 from 1957 to 1973. The Fliegerstaffel 18 used from 1973 to 1975 the [[Hawker with the Alpnach Air Base as homebase. Since 1975 the Payerne Air Base is the new home base of the Fliegerstaffel 18. From 1978 to 1997 the Fliegerstaffel 18 used the F-5 Tiger from Payerne. As second squadron (after Fliegerstaffel 17) , the Fliegerstaffel 18 introduced the F/A-18 Hornet. At the end of 2005, the Überwachungsgeschwader was disbanded and the staff, and thus also the Fliegerstaffel 18, were transferred to the Berufsfliegerkorps. In 2010, the F/A-18C with the tailnumber J-50 '18' received a permanent squadron painting and is the squadron aircraft of the Fliegerstaffel ‘’18’’. In normal flight operation the J-5018 is given priority to the squadron commander of Fliegerstaffel 18, but is also flown by other pilots. If the current F/A-18 Hornet Solo Display pilot is from the Fliegerstaffel 18, he will fly the J-5018, if possible. The Fliegerstaffel 18 usualy operates with the Fliegergeschwader 11 (Fl Geschw 11) from the Payerne Air Base. Tactically, however, the Fliegerstaffel 18 belongs together with the Fliegerstaffel 19 to the Fliegergeschwader 14 (Fl Geschw 14), which belongs to the airfield command 14 (Flpl Kdo 14) and is stationed on the Sion Airport. Although the NATO Tigermeet is reserved for the squadrons with a tiger emblem, the Fliegerstaffel 18 was invited as a guest due to the fact that they have a “cat” as a squadron emblem. The Armasuisse, Oberstleutnant Bernhard Berset is in its military duty F/A-18 pilot in the Fliegerstaffel 18.
- Dewoitine D.27
- Morane D-3800
- North American P-51 Mustang
- de Havilland D.H.112 Venom
- Hawker Hunter
- Northrop F-5
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- Official VBS page of the Fliegerstaffel 18
- Christophe Donnet: Hunter fascination. Schück, Adliswil 1995, ISBN 3-9520906-0-3
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