Kings of the air
Air Force aerobatic team to be scrapped?
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.