Sion will host the largest airshow in Switzerland, the Breitling Sion Airshow 2017, from 15 to 17 September. From the Blériot XI to the Eurofighter, a retrospective of 110 years of aviation will be presented to the public in the unique setting of the Rhône Valley. The names of the aircraft, including Super Constellation, Venom, Hunter, Blériot XI and P51 Mustang, are enough to tempt any aviation enthusiast. With planes ranging from early 20th century aircraft to those designed to transport large numbers of passengers, helicopters (Super Puma, Eurocopter EC 635 and many more), famous warbirds, military parachutists, the Patrouille Suisse, the Breitling Jet Team and the Frecce Tricolori, there will be something for everyone.
Swiss will take part in the event by flying one of its commercial aeroplanes overhead at a very low altitude. A flying car will take off from Sion, and there will be a demonstration of the SolarStratos plane, which aims to reach the stratosphere thanks to solar energy alone. The programme will be completed over the next fewweeks,as various requests are currently being finalised.
THE SHOW CONTINUES ON THE GROUND
Seeing aircraft is one thing. Experiencing what it’s like to be a pilot and seeing what pilots see is another thing altogether. Cameras positioned on and inside various aircraft will transmit unique images onto giant screens as they progress through the mountainous environment of Sion. And the static exhibition of a number ofplanes, an F-35 simulator, visiting engines by Saab, Dassault, Pilatus and Airbus and the reconstruction of a Second World War camp are not to be missed.
A HISTORIC FLIGHT BY A DC-3
Having left Geneva for a round-the-world trip on 9 March, the day of its 77th anniversary, the Bretling DC-3 will complete its journey in Sion on 16 September. It’s an incredible feat, as the legendary aircraft had to be specially fitted out in order to cross the Pacific, over a distance that its original autonomy would not have allowed.
THE SUPPORT OF MAJOR NAMES
Major names in aviation have demonstrated their enthusiasm for the Breitling Sion Airshow by requesting to partner the event. Airbus Defence Industries, Lockheed Martin with their fabulous F-35, aircraft manufacturer Saab and Pilatus have all been keen to support the exhibition. Their contribution highlights the quality of the airshow, already demonstrated at the last edition in 2011. Numerous other local and regional partners, including Loterie Romande, the State of Valais, the City of Sion, the Swiss Army and, of course, Sion Airport are also involved in what will be a major national event.
A HIGH-SECURITY EXHIBITION
Everything will be done to guarantee the security of the Breitling Sion Airshow. The organisers, the army, and the cantonal and local police forces will work closely together to provide a show in which all necessary measures have been taken. On the strength of the 2011 experience, the organisation relies on a well-established system, from access controls to surveillance of the area, crisis traffic management in the event of a problem, telecommunications systems and the presence of medical professionals on hand to assist the public. It’s a vast machine at the service of an event expected to attract 80,000 visitors over the three days. Ticket sales open today, 23 March, and the airshow is still looking for volunteers in various areas.
For information, the complete programme and reservations, visit www.breitlingsionairshow.com.