Tag: Swedish Air Force

Watch the Iconic J 35J Draken (and its Beautiful, Unusual Silhouette) “Spitting Flames” while Performing at Airpower 2019 Airshow
What makes this clip unique is the gorgeous, non-standard double-delta silhouette of the J 35J Draken which stands out in Full Afterburner against the beautiful (although cloudy) Austrian background. Filmed on Sep. 6-7, 2019 the cool video in this post features the SAAB J 35J Draken (serial 35556/10-56) from the Swedish Air Force...
Watch the iconic SK 37E Viggen Landing, Reversing, and Taking Off in the Opposite Direction while Performing at Zigermeet 2019 Airshow
What makes this clip unique is that at 06:31 the SK 37E lands, reverses, and takes off in the opposite direction. Quite unusual for a fighter bomber! Taken on Aug. 16, 2019 the cool video in this post features Saab Viggen SK 37E from the Swedish Air Force Historic Flight (SwAFHF) performing at the...
Impressive video shows Swedish Air Force J-35 Draken performing the “Cobra” Maneuver
The J-35 had an inherent instability that could lead to superstall, a phenomenon attributed to the Draken’s special wing planform. The impressive video in this post shows Swedish Air Force J-35 (SK 35C) Draken trainers performing the Cobra Maneuver. This maneuver was used by the Swedish Air Force during the...
Video features former Viggen driver explaining how JA-37 pilots were able to achieve radar lock on SR-71 Blackbird Mach 3 spy planes
Swedish JA-37 fighter pilots were able to successfully acquire radar lock on SR-71 Blackbird Mach 3 spy planes by means of the Skyflash air-to-air missile. The interesting video in this post features retired fighter-pilot Thorbjörn Engback explaining how he and other Swedish fighter pilots were able to successfully acquire radar lock on U.S....
Swedish taxpayers paid for 14 JAS-39C/D unused airframes in order to keep Gripen’s production line open
The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) explained that the 14 JAS-39C/Ds were included in the Gripen E contract. According to Svenska Dagbladet newspaper the Swedish government paid for 14 Gripen C/D airframes that are unused in order to ensure that the production line at Saab can transition to the Gripen E.
That time Four Swedish Viggen pilots protected an SR-71 that had an inflight engine failure
On Jun. 29, 1987, during a “Baltic Express” reconnaissance mission, an SR-71 piloted by retired Lt. Cols. Duane Noll and Tom Veltri, experienced an engine failure. They were intercepted by two different pairs of Swedish air force Viggens... Four Swedish air force pilots received U.S. Air Medals during a ceremony held in Stockholm, Sweden, on Nov. 28, 2018, recognizing their...
Swedish Air Force JAS-39 Gripen crashes after bird strike; pilot ejected safely.
The pilot of the Swedish-built JAS-39 Gripen fighter aircraft aborted the landing he was attempting and ejected A Swedish Air Force (Svenska Flygvapnet) JAS-39 Gripen fighter crashed on Aug. 21, 2018 near an air base in southern Sweden after striking several birds as it was about to land, Sweden's Armed Forces said. The pilot of the Swedish-built Gripen fighter aircraft aborted the...
Saab to deliver first 2 Gripen E fighters to Brazilian and Swedish Air Forces in 2019
According Saab CEO Håkan Buskhe the company remains on track to deliver the first series production examples of its Gripen E Saab’s CEO Håkan Buskhe told journalists on Feb. 16 that the aerospace firm is on schedule to deliver the first two Gripen E fighters to the Brazilian and Swedish Air Forces next year. Buskhe revealed that the test data from...
Viggen Vs Blackbird: how Swedish JA-37 fighter pilots were able to achieve radar lock on the legendary SR-71 Mach 3 spy plane
"In total I have five hot intercepts against the SR-71 to my credit. All can be described as successful," Per-Olof Eldh, Swedish Air Force JA-37 Viggen pilot At the height of the Cold War, when East-West tensions were at their greatest, Swedish JA-37 Jaktviggen (or fighter Viggen) fighter pilots were scrambled on 400-500 live Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) missions per...
Boeing wins USAF T-X trainer competition
Instead of the T-X Stockholm might consider a less expensive turboprop solution like the Pilatus PC-21 if the Pentagon chooses another solution for the USAF According to Defense News, Sweden will only replace its aging Saab 105 jet trainer with the T-X trainer made by Boeing and Saab if the latter wins the U.S. Air Force’s T-X competition. Currently the Flygvapnet...

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