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.

This content was published on February 13, 2013 - 11:32 and agencies

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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