I followed Captain Ralph "Deasy" Knittel during the 2012 season. This documentary is his portrait as the Swiss F/A-18 Hornet fighter pilot and his work as the solo display presenter on airshows in Switzerland and abroad.
For this short-film I wanted to film something different, new and more personnal. I placed onboard videocameras in unusual angles and collected interesting testimonials about the preparation, crew, work and the relations with the public.
I would like to thank Hptm Ralph Knittel for his collaboration and his availability on this amazing project. Also thanks to the Swiss Air Force, the mechanics (Payerne and Meiringen) and the organizers of airshows (Bodo, Waddington, Birrfeld, Axalp). And a special thank to Franziska Neuhaus for this help with interviews and his support during the editing process.