Switzerland: Air Bases and Military Airfields

For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
Cold War Airfields, by Bert Kondruss

The Swiss Air Force had numerous military airfields. Remarkable were the bases in the so called Reduit, partially located in narrow valleys. In addition, there were several highway strips prepared for flight operations. They were used repeatedly for exercises. On the following map, they are marked with "H/S" (Highway Strip).

Today, most of the fields are closed or transferred to a civilian use. Military operation concentrates on the bases of Alpnach, Dübendorf, Emmen, Locarno, Meiringen, Payerne and Sion. Additionally, Bern is the base for the aircraft and helicopters of the Swiss Government (Lufttransportdienst des Bundes). Further reductions of the number of airfields are under discussion.

34 entries
Alpnach: Airfield
Alpnach: Highway Strip
Altenrhein: Airfield
Ambri: Airfield
Bex: Highway Strip
Buochs: Air Base
Dübendorf: Air Base
Emmen: Air Base
Flums: Highway Strip
Frutigen: Airfield
Interlaken: Airfield
Locarno: Airfield
Lodrino: Airfield
Lodrino: Highway Strip
Meiringen: Air Base
Mollis: Airfield
Münsingen: Highway Strip
Münster: Airfield
Oensingen: Highway Strip
Olten: Airfield
Payerne: Air Base
Payerne: Highway Strip
Raron: Airfield
Reichenbach: Airfield
Saanen: Airfield
Samedan: Airfield
San Vittore: Airfield
Sarnen/Kägiswil: Airfield
Sion: Airfield
Sion: Highway Strip
St. Stephan: Airfield
Turtmann: Airfield
Ulrichen: Airfield
Zweisimmen: Airfield

Additional Information

Geschichte - http://www.glique.ch/historyD.htm
Essays about the history of the Swiss Air Force and air bases (German and French language).
Swiss Air Force bases - https://saf.hermannkeist.ch/flugplaetze.html
(German language)
Lost airfields - https://old.hermannkeist.ch/ausgemusterte-flugplaetze.html
(German language)

Alpnach: Airfield

For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
Coordinates: N465637 E0081703 (WGS84)
Location Indicator: LSMA

Use during the Cold War

Operation base for Squadrons 11 and 19 (F-5)

Current use

Main helicopter base of Swiss Air Force.

Runways

  • 01/19: 1500 m x 40 m Asphalt

Airfields in the vicinity

Alpnach: Highway Strip

For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
Coordinates: N465615 E0081639 (WGS84)

Airfields in the vicinity

Altenrhein: Airfield

For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
Coordinates: N472907 E0093336 (WGS84)

Airfields in the vicinity

  • 055°/12km Lindau: Seaplane Station
  • 304°/16km Romanshorn: Seaplane Station
  • 047°/19km Weißensberg: Wildberg Airfield
  • 339°/20km Friedrichshafen: Seaplane Station
  • 350°/21km Friedrichshafen: Löwental Airfield
  • 333°/22km Friedrichshafen: Manzell Aircraft Plant
  • 331°/23km Friedrichshafen: Wasserlandeplatz
  • 335°/23km Friedrichshafen: Hospital Helipad
  • 328°/24km Immenstaad am Bodensee: Helipad

Ambri: Airfield

For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
Coordinates: N463046 E0084125 (WGS84)
Location Indicator: LSPM

Use during the Cold War

Operation base for Squadron 3 (Hunter)

Current use

General aviation

Runways

Data for the 1990s:
  • 11/29: 1990 m x 40 m Asphalt

Bex: Highway Strip

For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
Coordinates: N461743 E0065731 ? (WGS84)
Map: Google Maps (approximate location)

Buochs: Air Base

Stans

For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
Coordinates: N465828 E0082351 (WGS84)
Elevation: 1473 ft
Location Indicator: LSMU

Use during the Cold War

Operation base for Squadrons 10 (Mirage IIIRS) and 16 (Mirage IIIS) (1990). Pilatus Aircraft Manufacture

Current use

Reserve airfield of Swiss Airforce and general aviation airfield. Pilatus Aircraft Manufacture

Runways

Data for the 1990s:
  • 07L/25R: 2509 m x 40 m Asphalt
  • 07R/25L: 1999 m x 40 m Asphalt

Links

Airfields in the vicinity

Dübendorf: Air Base

For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
Coordinates: N472355 E0083851 (WGS84)
Elevation: 1470 ft
Location Indicator: LSMD

Use during the Cold War

Squadron 14 (F-5), VIP-Flight (1990)

Current use

Air Base

Runways

Data for the 1990s:
  • 11/29: 2355 m x 40 m Asphalt

Airfields in the vicinity

  • 314°/10km Zürich: Kloten Airport

Emmen: Air Base

For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
Coordinates: N470531 E0081817 (WGS84)
Elevation: 1400 ft
Location Indicator: LSME

Use during the Cold War

Swiss Airforce, Swiss Aircraft Manufacturing

Current use

Swiss Airforce

Runways

Data for the 1990s:
  • 04/22: 2502 m x 40 m Asphalt

Airfields in the vicinity

Flums: Highway Strip

For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
Coordinates: N470457 E0092201 (WGS84)

Frutigen: Airfield

For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
Coordinates: N463519 E0073920 (WGS84)
Elevation: 2530 ft
Location Indicator: LSFR

Use during the Cold War

Swiss Airforce airfield

Current use

Closed

Airfields in the vicinity

Interlaken: Airfield

For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
Coordinates: N464037 E0075247 (WGS84)
Elevation: 1893 ft
Location Indicator: LSMI

Use during the Cold War

Operation base for Squadron 7 (Hunter); Hunter maintenance (1990)

Current use

Closed.

Runways

Data for the year 1990:
  • 05/23: 1981 m x 40 m Asphalt

Airfields in the vicinity

Locarno: Airfield

For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
Coordinates: N460955 E0085240 (WGS84)
Elevation: 656 ft
Location Indicator: LSZL

Use during the Cold War

Flying School (PC-7)

Current use

Flying School (PC-7)

Runways

Data for the year 1978:
  • 08L/26R: 800 m Asphalt
  • 08C/26C: 700 m Grass
  • 08R/26L: 700 m Grass

Airfields in the vicinity

Lodrino: Airfield

For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
Coordinates: N461739 E0085934 (WGS84)
Location Indicator: LSXR

Runways

  • 16/34

Airfields in the vicinity

Lodrino: Highway Strip

For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
Coordinates: N461718 E0085930 (WGS84)

Airfields in the vicinity

Meiringen: Air Base

For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
Coordinates: N464432 E0080634 (WGS84)
Elevation: 1900 ft
Location Indicator: LSMM

Use during the Cold War

Squadrons 8 and 13 (F-5) (1990)

Runways

  • 10/28

Airfields in the vicinity

Mollis: Airfield

For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
Coordinates: N470444 E0090354 (WGS84)
Elevation: 1485 ft
Location Indicator: LSMF

Use during the Cold War

Squadron 20 (Hunter)

Current use

Reserve airfield with civil use.

Runways

  • 02/20: 1985 m x 40 m Asphalt

Links

Münsingen: Highway Strip

For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
Coordinates: N465200 E0073256 (WGS84)

Airfields in the vicinity

  • 323°/6km Bern: Belpmoos Airport

Münster: Airfield

For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
Coordinates: N462848 E0081548 (WGS84)
Elevation: 4360 ft
Location Indicator: LSPU

Use during the Cold War

Swiss Airforce airfield

Current use

General aviation

Runways

  • 05/23

Airfields in the vicinity

Oensingen: Highway Strip

For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
Coordinates: N471742 E0074509 (WGS84)

Airfields in the vicinity

Olten: Airfield

For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
Coordinates: N472028 E0075304 (WGS84)

Payerne: Air Base

For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
Coordinates: N465038 E0065458 (WGS84)
Elevation: 1465 ft
Location Indicator: LSMP

Runways

  • 05/23: 2858 m x 40 m Asphalt

Airfields in the vicinity

Payerne: Highway Strip

For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
Coordinates: N465040 E0065555 (WGS84)

General

Suspected highway strip on Autobahn 1 immediately east of Payerne air base. There is a direct connection to the airfield.

Airfields in the vicinity

Raron: Airfield

For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
Coordinates: N461816 E0074921 (WGS84)
Elevation: 2090 ft
Location Indicator: LSMN, LSTA

Use during the Cold War

Sq 5 (Hunter); Sq 9 (Hunter); Sq 1 (Alouette) (1990)

Current use

General aviation

Runways

Data for the 1990s:
  • 10/28: 2300 m x 40 m Asphalt

Airfields in the vicinity

Reichenbach: Airfield

For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
Coordinates: N463650 E0074040 (WGS84)
Elevation: 2372 ft
Location Indicator: LSGR

Current use

General aviation

Runways

  • 04/22

Links

Airfields in the vicinity

Saanen: Airfield

For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
Coordinates: N462912 E0071456 (WGS84)
Elevation: 3307 ft
Location Indicator: LSGK

Current use

General aviation

Runways

Data for the year 1978:
  • 08/26: 1100 m Asphalt
Data for the 1990s:
  • 08/26: 1400 m x 40 m Asphalt

Links

Airfields in the vicinity

Samedan: Airfield

For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
Coordinates: N463204 E0095303 (WGS84)
Elevation: 5600 ft
Location Indicator: LSZS

Current use

General aviation

Runways

    (1990)

    San Vittore: Airfield

    For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
    Coordinates: N461402 E0090543 (WGS84)
    Elevation: 860 ft
    Location Indicator: LSXV

    Airfields in the vicinity

    Sarnen/Kägiswil: Airfield

    For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
    Coordinates: N465428 E0081512 (WGS84)
    Elevation: 1530 ft
    Location Indicator: LSPG

    Current use

    General aviation

    Runways

    Data for the 1990s:
    • 03/21

    Links

    Airfields in the vicinity

    Sion: Airfield

    For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
    Coordinates: N461309 E0071936 (WGS84)
    Elevation: 1581 ft
    Location Indicator: LSGS

    Current use

    Swiss Air Force and civil aerodrome

    Runways

    Data for the year 1978:
    • 08/26: 1950 m Asphalt
    • 08/26: 770 m Grass

    Links

    Sion: Highway Strip

    For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
    Coordinates: N461302 E0071958 (WGS84)

    Airfields in the vicinity

    St. Stephan: Airfield

    For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
    Coordinates: N462951 E0072444 (WGS84)
    Elevation: 3304 ft
    Location Indicator: LSMH LSMH

    Location of airfield

    Southeast of St. Stephan.

    Use during the Cold War

    Squadron 15 (Hunter), Squadron 22 (Hunter), Airfield unit 7 (1990). Miliary use until 1999.

    Runways

    Data for the 1990s:
    • 14/32: 1890 m x 40 m Asphalt

    Airfields in the vicinity

    Turtmann: Airfield

    For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
    Coordinates: N461816 E0074250 (WGS84)
    Elevation: 2060 ft
    Location Indicator: LSMJ

    Use during the Cold War

    Operation base for Squadron 1 (F-5) and Squadron 21 (Hunter)

    Current use

    Closed

    Runways

    Data for the 1990s:
    • 08/26: 2000 m x 40 m Asphalt

    Links

    Airfields in the vicinity

    Ulrichen: Airfield

    For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
    Coordinates: N463008 E0081801 (WGS84)
    Elevation: 4422 ft
    Location Indicator: LSMC

    Use during the Cold War

    Operation base for Squadron 2 (Hunter) and Detachment of Squadron 22 (Hunter) (1990)

    Current use

    Closed

    Runways

    Data for the 1990s:
    • 05/23: 2100 m x 40 m Asphalt

    Airfields in the vicinity

    Zweisimmen: Airfield

    For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
    Coordinates: N463306 E0072252 (WGS84)
    Elevation: 3060 ft
    Location Indicator: LSTZ

    Runways

    Data for the 1990s:
    • 17/35

    Airfields in the vicinity

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