PC-7 TEAM

The PC-7 TEAM is an aerobatic team of the Swiss Air Force, alongside the Patrouille Suisse. The team flies nine NCPC-7 training aircraft in its display, and is known for its graceful, precise and imaginative display routine.

History

The PC-7 TEAM made its debut in 1987, with nine volunteer pilots. The team was officially established in 1989 to mark the Swiss Air Force’s 75th anniversary. It has displayed regularly at international events since 1992. They upgraded from the PC-7 to the NCPC-7 in 2006. In 2014, the team’s aircraft were fitted with smoke generators and the PC-7 TEAM flew a combined 15-ship display with the Patrouille Suisse to mark the Swiss Air Force’s centenary.

Display

Photo: Laurence Garey

The PC-7 Team begin their display with nine-ship turns, passes and wingovers in various formations. The solo pilot then splits off, and eight-ship passes alternate with solo manoeuvres. Later in the display, the formation breaks down into smaller groups, usually twos and fours. The aircraft then re-group for some more challenging formation passes towards the end of the display. The display is accompanied by specially-composed music. Manoeuvres include:

  • Flying Diamond (nine-ship wingover in Diamond formation)
  • Pacman (two vs. two opposition pass)
  • Dogfight (four-ship opposition 360 degree orbits with the soloist flying through the middle of the circle)
  • Flirt (one aircraft performs two-point hesitation rolls, a second barrel rolls around)
  • Supermirror (one aircraft flies inverted in formation with three others flying erect)
  • The Tunnel (eight vs. one opposition pass)

Schedule (2020)

Date Show Location Country
Feb 22-23 Switzerland Ski-Weltcuprennen Crans-Montanna Switzerland
Jun 6 Norway Rygge Airshow Rygge Norway
Jun 14 United Kingdom Cosford Airshow Cosford UK (ENG)
Jun 19-20 Switzerland Rock the Ring Hinwill Switzerland
Jun 26 Switzerland 100 Jahre BAZL Bern Switzerland
Jun 28 Switzerland 24 Giron de Jenuesse Sarinoises Lossy Switzerland
Jul 4 Switzerland Eidgenössisches Schützenfest Luzern Switzerland
Jul 11-12 Spain Festival Aéreo Internacional Torre del Mar Malaga Spain
Jul 25-26 Spain Bray Air Display Bray Ireland
Aug 28-29 Switzerland Dittinger Flugtage Dittinger Switzerland
Aug 29 Switzerland Flüügerchilbi Langenthal Switzerland
Sep 12 Switzerland Erlebnistage Flugplatz Sitterdorf Sitterdorf Switzerland
Sep 26 Switzerland Geneva Airshow 2020: 100 ans de l’aéroport Geneva Switzerland
Oct 10 Switzerland Air & Space Days Luzern Switzerland