Swiss Air Force 1914-1936


1. Aviatik C.I
Serial no. 28, Schweizerische Fliegertruppe, 1915. Serving with the Fliegertruppe from 1914 to 1917, this C.I is finished in an overall factory scheme of Clear Doped Linen with Varnished Wood struts. Upper fuselage panels are Natural Metal. Swiss national colours are carried on the rudder only. The manufacturers name appears on the fuselage in a pale colour as though it has been painted out. No serial number appears to be carried. Designed by Chief-Ing. Wild at the Aviatik-Flugzeugbau in Germany, the Aviatik C.I was used for pilot training in Switzerland, and was also used as the basis for the Wild series of trainers constructed in Thun from 1915.


2. Haefeli DH-I (M I)
Serial no. 241, Schweizerische Fliegertruppe, 1917. In use for just three years with the Fliegertruppe, the DH-1 was disliked by its crews. All six of the machines were finished in an overall factory scheme of Clear Doped Linen with Gloss Varnished Wood fuselage booms. Swiss national colours consisting of a White cross on a Red field are carried inboard of the ailerons on the upper top wing and lower bottom wing. Swiss markings are also carried on a Red square on the rudder and additionally a White cross on a Red shield is worn on the nose of the nacelle. No serial number appears to be carried on this example, though a preserved aircraft in Switzerland displays the serial number on the top of the rudder in small Black characters.


3. Haefeli DH-3 (M IIIb)
Serial no. 518, Schweizerische Fliegertruppe, 1918. This machine is one of three fitted with a Swiss built 150 hp 8-cylinder LFW engine. All examples were finished in a factory scheme of Clear Doped Linen with Natural Metal fuselage panels. Struts were Varnished Wood. Swiss national colours consisting of a White cross on a Red field are carried inboard of the ailerons on the upper top wing and lower bottom wing. Swiss markings are also carried on the rudder. Serial numbers are Black.


4. Haefeli DH-4 (M IV)
Serial no. 701, 1918. The prototype DH-4 is finished in an overall Aluminium Doped Fabric finish with Natural Metal forward fuselage panels and Varnished Wood struts. Swiss national colours consisting of a White cross on a Red field are carried on the upper top wing, lower bottom wing and, unusually, the fuselage sides. Swiss markings are also carried on the rudder in the form of a White cross on a Red background. The serial number is carried in large Black characters on the fuselage and the text 'H.J. No 701' appears in Black on the fin.

Text and images taken from Issue 14 of Insignia Magazine.

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