HISTORY

Espace Passion is a non-profit association. At its constituent assembly, held on 6 June 1998 and attended by 35 people, the six founding members Raymond Clerc, Jean-Paul Cruchon, Jacob Gerhard, Jean-Luc Schorer, Gilbert Stragiotti and Roger Stutz signed the first statutes.

Jacob Gerhard served as President between 1998 and 2000. Jean-Pierre Kallenbach was its President from March 2000 until spring 2007. From April 20, 2007 until April 3, 2009 Alfred Bohnenblust served as President. Christophe Keckeis from April 3, 2009 to April 15, 2016. Peter Egger is our new president.

From the very beginning, Espace Passion has benefited from the constant support of the Air Force. And for its members, it is a real satisfaction to participate in the realization of a dream in Payerne, a historic site of the Swiss military aviation.

  • 1994

    The roots of Espace Passion can be found in the life of Aviation Squadron 5, which was based at the aerodrome in Rarogne, Valais. This unit of our military aviation was disbanded in 1994.
    Its pilots, having felt the desire to preserve the memory of this military past, formed an association called La Cinquième Escadrille.

  • 1995

    Very quickly, Cinquième Escadrille received a Hunter, which it then exhibited in an old sawmill, converted into a rustic museum, located in the village of Arnex-sur-Orbe.

  • 1998

    Subsequently, wishing to bring together all military aviation enthusiasts interested in preserving the witnesses to its history, the pilots of the 5 decided to create a new association open to all: Espace Passion was born.

  • 2003

    In order to renovate seven aircraft, various simulators, equipment and materials, it was necessary to set up a high-performance organization. All these efforts resulted in the opening of Clin d’Ailes to the public on April 26, 2003.
    In five years of an existence spanning two millennia, Espace Passion had found the necessary and useful resources to found the Museum.

  • 2015

    After the opening of Clin d’Ailes, the association continued its promotional efforts and participates in its intensive operation.
    Espace passion became the association that operated the two historic jets Hunter-Trainer and Mirage III.
    Since 2015, only the Mirage III.

ESPACE PASSION COMMITTEE

Currently, the Espace Passion Committee is composed of :

Peter Egger: President
Benoît Studemann: Vice-Chairman
Laurent Brovarone: Director of Air Operations
Christoph Freiermuth: Treasurer
Nathalie Bersier: Secretary
Lise Terrapon: Administrative Delegate
François Golay : Representative of „La Cinquième Escadrille“
Robert Briner : Representative of „La Cinquième Escadrille“
Gilbert Miauton

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MEMBER ACTIVITIES

Espace Passion members can participate in the Museum’s support activities :

MAINTENANCE OF EXPOSED AIRCRAFT

TECHNICAL MAINTENANCE OF THE MIRAGE III

MIRAGE III FLIGHT PREPARATION

PARTICIPATION IN THE LIFE OF THE MUSEUM, AS SUPERVISOR OR GUIDE

PARTICIPATION IN THE PROMOTION OF THE MUSEUM AND THE ASSOCIATION

PARTICIPATION IN TRIPS AND TOURS ORGANIZED FOR MEMBERS

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BECOME A MEMBER OF THE ASSOCIATION

Everyone can contribute to the building and be more or less actively involved in the life of the association and the Museum. For a modest annual fee, you become a member of a dynamic association that is proud to be one of the essential pillars of the Payerne Military Aviation Museum.

And each member contributes significantly to the support of the Museum through its annual membership fee of CHF 40. Do not hesitate any longer; become a member of Espace Passion and fill in the form below.
Each member of Espace Passion benefits each year from free admission to the Clin d’Ailes Museum and the European Hunting Aviation Museum in Montélimar, twinned with us.

ESPACE PASSION CONTACT

THE CLIN D’AILES MUSEUM

LOCATION

MILITARY AVIATION MUSEUM OF PAYERNE
BASE AÉRIENNE – 1530 PAYERNE VD
SWITZERLAND

GPS

N 46°50’35” (46.84285) / E 6° 54’45” (6.91224)

OPENING HOURS

JUNE : WEDNESDAY TO SATURDAY : 13H30-17H00

JULY – AUGUST : WEDNESDAY TO SUNDAY : 13H30-17H00

SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER : TUESDAY TO SUNDAY 13H30-17H00

NOVEMBER – MARCH : WEDNESDAY AND SATURDAY 13H30-17H00

CLIN D’AILES MUSEUM CONTACT

TÉL +0041 26 662 1533
INFO@CLINDAILES.CH

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