Operations Director & Captain
Associate member and Operations Director since the beginning of the Connie story. Near picture perfect career at Swissair. After completion of his initial training and checkout at age 23, the youngest First Officer on the DC9-32. Continued his professional development in the DC9-51, as well as DC8, upgraded to Captain in the DC9-51 at age 31, completed transition training to the MD-81, the B-747 'Jumbo-Jet', and finally the MD-11. Was a route and simulator check pilot on MD-81 and B-747 for 18 years. At age 54, career came to a halt due to the grounding of the airline. Early retirement offered by Swissair. Experienced the highlight of his aviation career when completing transition training to the Connie in 2003. Hopes to keep 'his' aircraft flying for many years to come.
Initiator of the Super Constellation project and associate member. Has experience in the operation of old propeller driven aircrafts such as DC-3, DC-4, DC-6, DC-7, Curtiss C-46, Constellation and Super Constellation. Former instructor and bush pilot in Northern Canada and Africa, Flew on the Pilatus Porter, Fokker F-27 (Farner Air Transport), Boeing 737 (TEA), MD-80 (Swissair), Gulfstream IV and Boeing 757 (Privatair). Today a Boeing 757/767 Captain, Instructor and Examiner with Privatair.
Ronald de Jong
Ron de Jong became a pilot in 1973, and worked as an airline captain for Swissair and Swiss. He flew most of the fleet aircraft that each airline maintained, including B747, MD11, A330, and A340. In February of 2013 he began training to become a Connie captain. As part of his training, Ron spent many hours of the last flying seasons in the cockpit, piloting the Connie with Ernst Frei on flights both within Switzerland and to air shows and events abroad.
St. Margarethen, Switzerland
In 1981, Hans "Breiti" Breitenmoser completed military pilot training on the DH-100 Vampire. He then joined the surveillance squadron, and spent the following six years as a military pilot on Hawker Hunter, Tiger F-5, and Mirage III RS aircraft. Hans also worked as a military flight instructor on the P-3, PC-7, Vampire, and Hunter. In addition, he was a qualified pilot on the PC-6 "Turbo Porter". In 1988, "Breiti" attended SLS (Swiss Aviation School), and joined Swissair's pilot roster in 1989. Even after his transition to civilian aviation, he continued flying for the military on the Mirage III RS, and the DO27. Hans Breitenmoser spent many years flying for Swissair as a Co-Pilot and Instructor on the MD80 and A310. He then got a job as an A310 Captain, flying for Balair, and began working as an Instructor on B757/767. After the Swissair grounding Hans began working for Swiss Airlines. He was a Captain on the A320, and he continues to fly at Swiss as a Captain on the A330/340. In his free time, Hans enjoys flying the JU52, DC-3, and BE18. His childhood dream came true when he began flying the "Super Connie" in 2016.
Association member since 2002, Electrical Engineering degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. René has been working for McDonnell Douglas, St Louis USA in 1994/5 in conjunction with the F/A 18 procurement of the Swiss Air Force. He started his professional pilot career in 1997 with Crossair on the SAAB 340, and then on the Embraer ERJ 145 regional jet. From 2005 to 2013 René has been living in Göteborg, Sweden. During that time he flew the Embraer ERJ 145, the Boeing 737 Classic, the Boeing 737 Business Jet (BBJ), and the McDonnell Douglas MD-87. Presently he is a Captain on a private MD-87 with VIP interior, and a freelance instructor on the Boeing 737 with Lufthansa Aviation Training.