Aviation Classics – Saab 1937 – 2012.

This post is for those of you who like the Saab Aircraft as well as the cars.

At the weekend I bought a publication from the Newsagents called “Aviation Classics”
Issue 16 is all about Saab’s 75 years so far. with over 125 coloured pages it is very detailed.

I’m not sure if it is available in other countries but I did see it could be downloaded from their website.

A very good read.

Red J
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4 years 3 months ago

Lovely Viggen.

Peter Gilbert
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4 years 3 months ago
What a fabulous aircraft. It is a shame that the Viggen never flew in the USA in any Red Flag excerises, like the the Gripen. It has the perfect shape that pleases the eye. One of my disappointments was the SK-37 (one of only 18 2-seater versions ever built) was hauled away by the Swedish Air Force from the port where it had awaited export to the Collings Foundation Museum in Massachusetts. This was due to the overbearing bureaucracies inserting their beaks. This following Viggen footage was from the Swedish film about a Viggen film shot 45 miles NE of… Read more »
zippy
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4 years 3 months ago

I am headed to WHSmith to get my hands on that magazine. The Viggen is a gorgeous aircraft which I was lucky enough to see (and hear) at Farnborough in 1982.

Peter Gilbert
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4 years 3 months ago

I Just Found this special 75th Anniversary page and video of SAAB from their Aerospace website. It includes SAAB cars.
http://www.saabgroup.com/About-Saab/Company-profile/History/Saab-75-years-of-defence-and-security/

tombalas
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4 years 3 months ago

What is the purpose of using a jungle camouflage paint scheme on an fighter aircraft? Fighter aircraft are seldom parked in jungles. Seems like such an aircraft is just screaming to be shot down or, a la the June 1967 war, destroyed while parked on the tarmac. Anyone have any clue why a Grippen is painted this way?

maanders
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4 years 3 months ago

Perhaps so when the fighter is flying over jungle terrain that it is harder to spot visually by other aircraft flying above it?

Peter Gilbert
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4 years 3 months ago
If you look at the video that I posted on the 2nd comment you will notice that the Viggen lands on the road. The Swedish Air Force was designed to use well paved roads (which they are in Sweden). This was in case the Russians took out the airfields. if you drive down the roads you will notice deep waysides usually among trees and this would be to camouflage the Viggens amongst the trees while refueling and rearming. the Swedish clothing camouflage also is a match and color-coordinated (they got the memo). This is all out of the window now… Read more »
SVAB
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4 years 3 months ago

SAAB aircrafts have about as much in common with SAAB petro cars as SAAB electric cars.

tknage
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4 years 3 months ago

Like Suzuki. Their cars have probably nothing to do with electric pianos or harmonicas either.

I do however, like to think of the ‘cars’ as one company. You could go further in splitting up if you want, the cars built in the Scania years has nothing to do with the cars from the gm years. The 9000 could be seen as a missing link though. Started by Scania and further developed by GM before the change to a completely new model. This time it will probably be the 9-3 ePower there vill be the missing link between eras.

Eagle63
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4 years 3 months ago

I don’t think GM had much to do with developing the 9000; only the V6 that was available in later models was a GM product. Luckily most 9000s had the superb 2.0 / 2.3 Saab engine.
Also the 9000 has the most aircraft-inspired dash; the multiple displays, type of buttons and switches used, din space for extra oilpressure, oiltemp. ammeter etc, and also the typical ‘turbopushintheback’ made the car feel a bit like an aircraft. Unfortunately, later model Saab felt less aircraft-like, except perhaps for the pushbutton dash of the 9-3..

tombalas
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4 years 3 months ago

Question for Eagle63. I had a 97 900 with a 2.3 liter non-turbo motor – the window sticker said that the motor was manufactured in Germany. By GM/Opel? Who was the contract manufacturer for the 2.3s?

Eagle63
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4 years 3 months ago

Interesting.., but I don’t know.
All I know is that from the 900NG & 9-3 Saab used the GM ecotec engines (except for the 9-3 Viggen), which couldn’t handle as much power as the original 2.3 litre used in the 9000 (before they made it ‘more efficient’ and ‘lighter’..)
Ask any tuner(like MapTun!) or Saab mechanic what could be done with the 9000 era FPT engines; amazing what these engines were capable of… 🙂

SAAB340
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4 years 3 months ago

Until you fly/drive a Saab 9000 2.3FPT ..! 😉

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