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Saab SK37 Viggen trainer prototype
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No: 4858   Contributor: Peter Langsdale   Year: 2006   Manufacturer: Saab   Country: Sweden
Saab SK37 Viggen trainer prototype

The prototype of the trainer variant of the SAAB 37 Viggen - SK 37 - flew for the first time in the summer of 1970. It is now exhibited at the Swedish Air Force Museum (Flygvapenmuseum) at Malmen, Linköping, and photographed here on 16 Auguust 2006.
17 more aircraft were manufactured by SAAB and delivered to the Swedish Air Force 1972-1976.
The SK 37 was based on the attack version of the Viggen - AJ 37. The designation ”AJ” indicates that the aircraft’s secondary rôle is as an interceptor. To make room for a second cockpit, the front fuselage fuel tank had to be removed. Because of this, the SK 37 usually flew with a large drop fuel tank. Also the radar and some other avionics were omitted. The fin was made larger and the rear cockpit was provided with periscopes.
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Flygvapen Museum, Linköping, Sweden
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This was the seventh of the first 7 Viggen prototypes, built as a 2-seater trainer, which performed its first flight on 2 July 1970, with Per Pellebergs at the controls. The test flight lasted 1 hour 10 minutes and the aircraft exceeded Mach 1.1.

Added by Peter Langsdale on 07 January 2011.
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