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Air Force aerobatic team to be scrapped?

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What could be more Swiss? The Patrouille Suisse flies past the Matterhorn

What could be more Swiss? The Patrouille Suisse flies past the Matterhorn (Keystone/Schweizer Luftwaffe)

The defence ministry plans to clip the wings of the prestigious Patrouille Suisse aerobatic team for financial reasons.

A parliamentary committee has been told by Defence Minister Ueli Maurer that there is no longer sufficient finance to continue the six-strong squadron of F-5 Tiger fighter jets beyond 2015. The move would end a 50-year history of the squadron.

The announcement has prompted outrage among parliamentarians from different political parties. A number of online sites quote them as describing the plans as unacceptable.

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