On 10 April 2012, a new gate guard in front of the Air Force Center at Dubendorf was put on display. The F-5 replaces the venerable DH.100 which stood there for many years. A second F-5 is planned to be put on display at Meiringen AB. Both aircraft do carry wrong registrations.
The aircraft at Dubendorf is painted in the colours of the Patrouille Suisse and shows the registration of J-3013. As a matter of fact, the aircraft is J-3096 which suffered a landing accident at Meiringen on 10 October 2000 and was subsequently used for BDRT (Battle Damage Repair Training). The aircraft never flew in these colours.
The real F-5E J-3013 crashed on 21 May 1981 when it collided with Mirage III S J-2323. Both pilots managed to eject safely. One of the aircraft crashed into the village of Zweisimmen, killing one person on the ground. Knowing the history behind the real F-5E J-3013, it is hardly to understand why this number is being used for the gate guard at the Air Force Center.
The F-5 to be placed on display at Meiringen AB will carry the registration of J-3008. This is also not the real J-3008 – it is merely the refurbished stress frame used by the S+F Emmen (later RUAG). The use of J-3008 can only be explained by the fact of FlSt 8 being the last F-5 unit based at Meiringen.