Picture of the Day: Swiss Precision

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The Independent Online

The Swiss have always had a reputation for impeccable timing and engineering.

These were the familiar hallmarks reiterated yesterday when pilots from the Swiss Air Force formation team turned out as a warm-up act for the Swiss Open tennis final. They kept the crowds entertained with a series of breath-taking manoevres in PC-7 propellor aircraft.

Most members of the formation flying team are selected after flying F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets in defence of Swiss air space.

And while the moon might have been an unexpectedly picturesque addition to the formations, the result of the tennis had a familiar ring to it this summer with yet another sporting Spaniard claiming victory, as Nicolas Almagro beat France's Richard Gasquet 7-5, 6-1.

Photograph by Fabrice Coffini / AFP / Getty Images

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