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Aviation Classics - Issue 16 - SAAB

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From the first deliveries of the Saab 17 bomber and reconnaissance aircraft in 1942, Saab (Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget) was to become the major supplier of military aircraft to the Swedish Air Force and remains so to this day.

Its innovative approach to aircraft design has kept the company at the cutting edge of aviation from its first jet fighter, the J29, which set world speed records in 1954.

The fighter and fighter bomber line developed into the J32 Lansen, through the double delta of the J35 Draken and the hugely powerful canard J37 Viggen to today’s highly manoeuvrable and successful J39 Gripen. Aside from the Swedish air force, these unique aircraft have also been sold to several other countries.

The company has also been successful in the civil market, producing the Saab 340 and 2000 twin turboprop airliners. The Saab 340 has also been produced in a military Airborne Early Warning and Control version, equipped with a powerful radar mounted over the cabin.

2012 marked the 75th anniversary of the Swedish aerospace giant, so this issue of Aviation Classics is dedicated to telling the full story of the company, its innovators and its aircraft.


8 Saab - the genesis of a giant
18 The first Saab
24 The Swedish Mosquito
28 Innovative and unusual
34 The Saab 90 Scandia
36 Light delight - Saab 91 Safir
38 Survival through diversity - the first Saab cars
40 Perspectives - Saab, Sweden and the Swedish Air Force in the Cold War
44 Swept wing success - Saab 29 Tunnan
52 Systematic elegance - Saab 32 Lansen
60 Supersonic double delta - Saab 35 Draken
70 Twin jet trainer - Saab 105
74 Swedish style
80 Loud and proud - Saab 37 Viggen
94 Airliner and AEW - Saab 340 and 2000
102 Fifth generation fighter - Saab JAS 39 Gripen
110 Into the future
112 he Flygvapenmuseum
126 Survivors

Edited and compiled by Tim Callaway, who comes from an aviation background, has extensive knowledge of all things aviation-related. This issue will again comprise the publication’s now-established high-quality mix of features and photographs, in a 132 page glossy A4 perfect bound 'bookazine' format.

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