Air Force was early convinced that the propeller fighters had reached
the limit of their potential for further development. In 1944,
the Air Board asked three Swedish major industrial concerns
for tenders regarding the development of jet engines. The Swedish term
for ”jet engine” was at this time ”reaktionsmotor” or just
”rea”. The term is still used in the designations of engines in the
Air Force. For example, the engine for JAS 39 Gripen, a Swedish
development of the General Electric F404, has got the designation RM 12.
intensive development work for a domestic Swedish jet engine
industry began. In the spring of 1945, the turbine manufacturer STAL at
Finspång, presented their own basic design. At the same time, Svenska
Flygmotor AB (now Volvo Aero) had got an order for license
production of de Havilland Goblin engines (RM 1) for the jet fighter J
28 (de Havilland Vampire) which was ordered by the Swedish Air Force in
the end of 1945.
Air Board decided to cancel the plans for a Swedish jet engine.
Instead, English, and later American license designs were used, often
further developed by the Swedish aircraft industry.
is a list of the jet fighter aircraft that have served in the Swedish
Air Force. The designation ”J” = ”Jakt” stands for ”Fighter”.
Please click on the thumbnails for pictures and information
|J 21R - SAAB J 21R (1949-1957)|
28 - De Havilland Vampire (1946-1968)
29 - SAAB 29 ”Flygande tunnan” (1951-1976)
|J 32 - SAAB 32 Lansen (1958-1998)|
33 - De Havilland 112 NF.51 Venom (1953-1960)
|J 34 - Hawker Hunter F.4 Mk 50 (1955-1969)|
35 - SAAB 35 Draken (1960-1999)
37 - SAAB 37 Viggen (1979-2004)
|JAS 39 - SAAB JAS 39 Gripen (1992 - )|
|© 2001 Lars Henriksson, Ljungskile, Sweden||Updated 2010-07-17|