Air International 2000-04
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T.Buttler - Draken. A Swedish Masterpiece /Military aviation/ (2)
Saab 35-1 Red Urban, made its maiden flight on October 25, 1955.
J35A, serial 35077, in an early Swedish Air Force camouflage scheme, circa 1962.
S35E equipped with electronic countermeasures and infra-red pod.
J35J, serial 35604, of F10 Wing, based at Angelholm, Autumn 1994.
Royal Danish Air Force TF35, AT-153, equipped with the weapon delivery and navigation system, plus chaff and flare dispensers in the tailcone, and ALR-69 radar warning system.
35OE serial 351414 (Swedish serial 35347), delivered to the Austrian Air Force in 1988.
Saab 35FS, DK-241, is the sole FS variant remaining in service with the Suomen Ilmavoimat. It is seen here over Lapland in September 1999 on the wing of Saab 35S, DK-203.
Saab 35OE 18, of the Osterreichische Luftstreitkrafte taxying at Graz-Thalerhof, armed with AIM-9P Sidewinders. Until the ending of the Cold War, Austrian military forces had been prohibited from using guided missile systems and its Drakens were armed only with integral cannon.
Saab 35OE Draken OS from the 1st Staffel of FLR 2 on approach to RAF Waddington, in May 1997, after a sortie on the North Sea Air Combat range; note the transponder pod under the starboard wing. The Osterreichische Luftstreitkrafte was the fourth and final Draken operator.
A pair of Flyvevabnet F-35s manoeuvring low off the Danish coast, the F-35 fighter-bomber variant of the Draken had a strengthened airframe and 40% increase in internal fuel capacity, compared to the Swedish Drakens. Its distinctive chisel nose contained a laser range-finder introduced during the mid-1980s as part of the weapons delivery and navigation system update.
This view of a Kongelige Danske Flyvevabent RF-35 clearly shows the ports for the reconnaissance cameras. The pilot also gives scale to the aircraft, the cockpit of which was a very snug fit.
Saab 35S, DK-223, was the last of the Valmet-assembled Saab 35S Drakens and was the only version in Finnish service to incorporate the infra-red scanner under the nose. It was photographed in late December 1998 over Halli Air Force Base.
Bereft of all operational equipment, the 35CS Draken has the highest thrust to weight ratio of all Draken variants. Note the absence of a retractable tailwheel. This is because of the shorter jet pipe of the early RM6B and its associated Model 65 afterburner nozzle. DK-268 is on the strength of HavLLv 21, Suomen llmavoimat, based at Pirkkala.