Words of Advice:

"Never Feel Sorry For Anyone Who Owns an Airplane."-- Tina Marie

"
If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"
Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It.
" -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot,
by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse.
" -- Me

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Your Sunday Morning Jet Noise

A Saab JA-37 Viggen does a bit of an interesting maneuver on the runway.



The Viggen supposedly could operate from a 500 meter length of runway. It was one of the very few combat jets with both an afterburner and a thrust reverser. Also note the main gear as it rolls by the camera.

Rumor has it that the Swedes tried to sell the Viggen to other countries. The word was that Swedish law prohibited arms sales to "aggressor nations", as determined by the Swedish government. Other nations didn't want to run the risk of getting into a conflict and then have their source of replacement parts and aircraft cut off, so they preferred to purchase weaponry from less squeamish sellers.

2 comments:

Old NFO said...

Yep, interesting capability... And dual mains on a fighter was for 'unimproved' fields... But you're right, nobody bought them!

Frank Van Haste said...

Dear Miss Fit:

Also, one of the first instances of a turbofan with reheat. The engine is a Pratt & Whitney JT8-D fitted up with an afterburner designed by Svenska Flygmotor.

Happy New Year!,

Frank