Swiss Hotel In Espionage Row: U.S. Fears Chinese Spy Plot Near F-35 Base | Aviation

The insets show where Hotel Rössli, in picturesque Unterbach, is located. (Image created by The Aviationist, using Google Maps, Hotel Rössli and USAF images)

A century-old hotel in Unterbach, Switzerland, has become the focus of American intelligence due to its proximity to Meiringen airfield, where the Swiss Air Force plans to base its F-35A fighter jets.

Hotel Rössli, a century-old log cabin in the Alpine village of Unterbach, offers breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains and a nearby waterfall. However, it’s the view from the back of the hotel that has caught the attention of American intelligence. Located just 100 meters from the hotel’s back, the Meiringen airfield will soon host the F-35s of the Swiss Air Force.

Meiringen is a quite famous airport for aviation enthusiasts: located at an elevation of 570 meters between the Alps of the Bernese Oberland, the base is nearly invisibile to the people that visit it for the first time. If it were not for the futuristic control tower and for some helicopters parked in the large apron aside the main runway, it would be rather difficult to even notice its presence.

The airport is surrounded by fences that are usually “symbolic”, sometimes almost absent, and from a system of level crossings activated during…


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