Swiss Air Force air base Meiringen-Unterbach is the home of Fliegergeschwader 13, Fliegerstaffel (FlSt or Air Squadron) 8 which operate the Northrop F-5E Tiger II. Additionally there are regular deployments by FlSt 11 from Payerne with their McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18Cs and two-seat Ds. During exercises and in wartime Fliegergeschwader (Air Wing) 11 at Payerne deploys FlSt 11 to Meiringen and Fl.St. 18 to Sion in the south. Escadrille d'aviation 17 with F/A-18C/Ds remain at Payerne.
Meiringen in typical Swiss style has underground hangars or caverns carved into the rock below Axalphorn mountain. During my brief visit F/A-18Cs and two-seat Ds taxied directly out of these cavern complexes, which are actually off the airfield as such. Barriers block a public road, just seconds before the Hornets taxi out onto the airfield proper. Immediately after landing the procedure is reversed, as they taxi straight back into their protected rock homes.