Saab 37-1 Viggen 1st prototype

Published: 07-01-2011 photo #11489 7 comments 0 votes

Category:Military - Historic    Manufacturer:Saab    Country:Sweden     Year:2006 Group:Flygvapen Museum, Linköping, Sweden    Contributor:Peter Langsdale

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Photographed outside the Flygvapenmuseum, Linköping, Sweden on 16 August 2006.
This, the first of six single-seat AJ 37 Viggen prototypes was rolled out on 24 November 1966 and first flew on 8 February 1967 with Erik Dahlström, Saab's chief test pilot at the controls.
The steep landings were tricky to master, and even Dahlstrom scraped the tail at least once.
This aircraft was involved in a tragic "bad luck" accident on 31 May 1968, when Lennart Fryö dropped a flight checklist while preparing to take off and accidentally triggered the ejection seat; his parachute didn't open fully and he was killed. The aircraft kept on moving forward until it hit a drainage ditch and hangar, but it was repaired and returned to service.

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