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2143, 09 Jul 19

Unexpected Entertainment at Yodeling Festival

I just love that they have a yodeling festival.
The fleet — the Swiss equivalent of Britain’s Red Arrows and the USA’s Blue Angels — were expected in Langenbruck, a municipality in north-western Switzerland that was the birthplace of Bider, the first aviator to cross the Alps in both directions.
According to the Patrouille Suisse’s official Twitter account, the planes were due to perform for 15 minutes from 11 a.m. The demonstration would have accompanied a memorial service and musical entertainment, Langenbruck’s official website said.
But it was attendees at the 31st Northwest Yodeling festival in nearby Mümliswil that instead watched the aerial acrobatics — about four miles away from the intended location.
According to military spokesman Daniel Reist, the F-5E Tiger II aircraft are not equipped with GPS technology.
He told CNN: ”Unfortunate circumstances led to this incident. Between Mümliswil-Ramiswil in the canton of Solothurn and Langenbruck are only a few kilometers.
“Preparations were carried out by looking at a map, the measurement of 1cm on the map equates to 1km – and this equates to five seconds flight time.”

2143, 09 July 2019


  1. Kevin Scheunemann

    We need a yodeling contest.

  2. Merlin

    “Unfortunate circumstances led to this incident.”

    Ouch. Basic air nav errors by truly elite aviators. No real harm done, but whoever was the flight lead is going to be teased mercilessly for the rest of his/her career.

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