Air International 2019-06
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M.Ayton - Gripen E /Military/
Aircraft 39-8 loaded with two Meteor test vehicles during a captive carriage test flight from Linkoping.
Gripen E serial 39-8 was the first prototype of the new variant. Notable external differences are the air inlet close to the vertical stabiliser, new wing tip electronic warfare pods and a new antenna on the fin.
An aft fuselage subassembly in a jig on the production line at Linkoping, one of seven subassemblies manufactured on site.
Aircraft 39-8 airborne over some of the hundreds of islands along Sweden's Baltic coast line.
Aircraft 39-8 airborne over some islands along Sweden's Baltic coastline loaded with a IRIS-T captive test vehicle on the port side wing tip pylon.
SAAB JAS-39E «Грипен»
The plume of the rocket motor of an IRIS-T instrumented test vehicle burns brightly as the vehicle launches from the port side wing tip pylon of aircraft 39-8.
Aircraft 39-8 fitted with RUAG pylons prior to a captive carriage test flight.
A production worker views an MBD system screen to visualise a fuselage bulkhead.
Saab’s second Gripen E test aircraft 39-9 takes off from Linkoping airfield on the aircraft's maiden flight.
A crew chief assigned to Saab's Flight Test Department looks into the cockpit of aircraft 39-8 prior to a test flight from Linkoping.
Standing wave patterns or shock diamonds in the supersonic exhaust plume created by the GE Aviation F414G engine in the engine test cell at Linkoping. Shock diamonds are formed by the complex exhaust flow field and are visible due to the abrupt changes in density and pressure caused by standing shock waves.
Aircraft 39-8 undergoing electrical and hydraulic systems testing at Linkoping before the jet's first flight.
Ground crew assigned to Saab's Flight Test Department conduct an engine running refuelling of aircraft 39-8 at Linkoping. The aircraft is loaded with two high-speed cameras for captive carriage test flights of the cameras.
A wing centre fuselage subassembly held vertically in its jig showing the main landing gear wells and outer underwing hard point positions.
A crew chief plugs the fuel hose into the aircraft's refuelling point located in the ground crew bay.