The Patrouille Suisse has been the official jet
aerobatic team of the Swiss Air Force since its formation in 1964 and is
also the visiting card of the Swiss Armed Forces at home and abroad. All the
members of the Patrouille Suisse are professional military pilots from the
Surveillance wing or air traffic controller from skyguide and train together
during the airshow season only. In 1997, the last Hunter Mk 58 has been
exempted from military service and so the Patrouille Suisse had to look
after a new plane. They found it with the Northrop F-5E Tiger II.