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Airshow August, 2018

Försvarsmaktens flygdag Uppsala, Sweden


We had read that in 25 August 2018 there shall be an airshow in Uppsala, a city of Sweden. It is the Swedish air force that holds it. We want to see it and took the car and drive the 80 kilometers north to Uppsala. When we arrived at Uppsala there where chaotic, cars and people everywhere and still 2 kilometers to go to the airport field. After a half hour in the traffic jam we gave up, a friend to me have told me that it is possible to see the airport field from a hill East of Uppsala. We drive to that place, but there crowded there too, no free parking lot left. We drive even further away and after a while we found another hill where we could stay and have an overview over the airshow.

This place was perfect, just 1.5 km away, we where lucky that the aircrafts fly over the hill when they go back for landing and we get very close to the aircrafts, the underneath that you never see otherwise.

The first aircraft we get in close contact with was a Saab J32 Lansen, this aircraft was in duty from 1956 to 1997.

  • Manufacturer: Saab, Sweden
  • Width: 13 meter
  • Weight empty: 8077 kg
  • Trust: 48 kN
  • Top speed: Mach 0.91
  • First flight: 1952

You can read more about J32 Lansen at Wikipedia:

The second aircraft we saw was the famous Saab J35 Draken. Draken was in duty from 1960 to 1999. This is my favorite with its futuristic shape with the double delta wing.

  • Manufacturer: Saab, Sweden
  • Width: 9.4 meter
  • Weight empty: 8200 kg
  • Trust: 78 kN
  • Top speed: Mach 2
  • First flight: 1955

You can read more about J35 Draken at Wikipedia:

An American F16 Fighting Falcon.

  • Manufacturer: General Dynamics, US
  • Width: 10 meter
  • Weight empty: 7400 kg
  • Trust: 65 kN
  • Top speed: Mach 2
  • First flight: 1974

You can read more about F16 at Wikipedia:


Hawker Hunter Mk.50, made in Great Britain. In duty from 1954 to 2014.

  • Manufacturer: Hawker Aircraft, UK
  • Width: - meter
  • Weight empty: - kg
  • Trust: 44 kN
  • Top speed: Mach 1.1
  • First flight: 1951

You can read more about Hawker Hunter here at Wikipedia:

This is Sweden's latest aircraft fighter, the JAS 39 Gripen, a small and evil fighter.

  • Manufacturer: Saab, Sweden
  • Width: 8.4 meter
  • Weight empty: 6800 kg
  • Trust: 54 kN
  • Top speed: Mach 2
  • First flight: 1988

You can read more about JAS 39 Gripen at Wikipedia:

The airshow group Team 50, they use the aircraft Saab 91 Safir. Piston engine, in military duty from 1952 to 1993.

  • Manufacturer: Saab, Sweden
  • Width: 10.6 meter
  • Weight empty: 740 kg
  • Trust: - kN
  • Top speed: Mach 0.3
  • First flight: 1945

You can read more about Saab 91 Safir at Wikipedia:

We have visit from the Finish air force, they have the American F-18 Hornet fighter:

  • Manufacturer: McDonnell Douglas, US
  • Width: 12.3 meter
  • Weight empty: 11200 kg
  • Trust: 2x79 kN
  • Top speed: Mach 1.7
  • First flight: 1978

You can read more about F-18 Hornet fighter at Wikipedia:

Swedish first canard wing designed aircraft, Saab J37 Viggen. In duty from 1971 to 2005.

  • Manufacturer: Saab, Sweden
  • Width: 10.6 meter
  • Weight empty: 9500 kg
  • Trust: 128 kN
  • Top speed: Mach 2.1
  • First flight: 1967

You can read more about Saab J37 Viggen at Wikipedia:

A very famous Swedish made aircraft, Saab J29 Tunnan. In duty from 1950 to 1976.

  • Manufacturer: Saab, Sweden
  • Width: 11 meter
  • Weight empty: 4845 kg
  • Trust: 27 kN
  • Top speed: Mach 1
  • First flight: 1948

You can read more about Saab J29 Tunnan at Wikipedia:

Airshow group Team 60, they use the aircraft Saab SK 60 or 105.

  • Manufacturer: Saab, Sweden
  • Width: 9.4 meter
  • Weight empty: 4024 kg
  • Trust: - kN
  • Top speed: Mach 0.7
  • First flight: 1963

You can read more about Saab 105 at Wikipedia:

This airshow was a bit different for us compare the earlier visit 2015 at Skavsta airport. No wrong with that, we got exiting fly overs and got very close to the aircrafts.

First we tried to video record the aircraft when they fly by, but it was very difficult at that high speed. Then we started to take a lot of still photos, I have put them together here as a time lapse video:

Warning, if you are sensitive to flickering, don't look at this video, you can get it in full screen with the button lower right.

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