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The Swiss Air Force's Axalp Demonstration is a unique event in Europe where you can see Swiss fighter jets (F/A-18C Hornet and F-5E Tiger II) flying very close to spectators and shooting to a firingF-18 landing and cow pastures in the background range. All of this made in a narrow valley at 2300 m of altitude!
The Ebenfluh firing range is found at the top of the Axalphorn mountain in Switzerland's Bernese Oberland.

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A: Swiss Air Force's Axalp Demonstration

by T. Emrich, less than 10 meters away

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B: Swiss Air Force's Axalp Demonstration

by T. Emrich, less than 10 meters away

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Swiss Air Force's Axalp Demonstration

C: Axalp Demonstration will start in 3h

by T. Emrich, less than 10 meters away

The Swiss Air Force's Axalp Demonstration is a unique event in Europe where you can see Swiss fighter...

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D: axalp 2012

by Markus Mammoliti, 100 meters away

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E: Axalp Shooting Range Ebenfluh in the morning

by T. Emrich, 130 meters away

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F: Lake Brienz, view from Axalp-Ebenfluh

by T. Emrich, 180 meters away

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G: Axalp Air Show will start in 7h

by T. Emrich, 540 meters away

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H: Leaving the Axalp Airshow 2009

by T. Emrich, 550 meters away

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I: 20120913 Grindelwald from below First

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J: Lake Brienz

by Felix Hagemann, 5.5 km away

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This panorama was taken in Switzerland, Europe

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Europe is generally agreed to be the birthplace of western culture, including such legendary innovations as the democratic nation-state, football and tomato sauce.

The word Europe comes from the Greek goddess Europa, who was kidnapped by Zeus and plunked down on the island of Crete. Europa gradually changed from referring to mainland Greece until it extended finally to include Norway and Russia.

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Europe is presently uniting into one political and economic zone with a common currency called the Euro. The European Union originated in 1993 and is now composed of 27 member states. Its headquarters is in Brussels, Belgium.

Do not confuse the EU with the Council of Europe, which has 47 member states and dates to 1949. These two bodies share the same flag, national anthem, and mission of integrating Europe. The headquarters of the Council are located in Strasbourg, France, and it is most famous for its European Court of Human Rights.

In spite of these two bodies, there is still no single Constitution or set of laws applying to all the countries of Europe. Debate rages over the role of the EU in regards to national sovereignty. As of January 2009, the Lisbon Treaty is the closest thing to a European Constitution, yet it has not been approved by all the EU states. 

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