Military Aircraft: airshows, operational, whatever, lets see what you have!

Erik X

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Jul 26, 2013
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.. the canopy of the B17 is weirdly long...
Indeed :) The extra space is reserved for a machine gun, it is not for the convenience of the crew..

Anyway, the de Havilland Vampire doesn't suffer from any unnecessary cabin space:p
Haven't I posted almost exactly those pictures some time ago or is it just some kind of deja-vu?

F36A9887_DxO_full by Erik Astrom, on Flickr

F36A9853_DxO_full by Erik Astrom, on Flickr

Thanks for the comment Click, here is another picture of the AT-6. It is so much easier to get sharp shots when aircrafts are on the ground :p

F36A8936_DxO_4000 by Erik Astrom, on Flickr
 
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Valvebounce

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Hi Erik.
I can think of one other military jet that had reverse thrust, but that could be used in flight and was used to great effect!
A fantastic series of shots Erik and as for the sharp shots on the ground, I would not fault your in flight shots either!

Cheers, Graham.
 

Erik X

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Thank you very much for feedback, Click, Graham, Roo, Steve and Dantana. I missed the other main airshow over here so (thankfully) there will be no flood of pictures this time
37 Viggen is a beast, it is said to be the only fighter ever that has managed to intercept the SR-71. :) The altitude needed was probably above the service ceiling for J37 so it was not without problems but somehow the pilots managed to intercept and lock on the SR-71.
There is also another (unconfirmed) story that the U.S. Air Force One once took a shortcut through swedish airspace but "forgot" to file a flight plan, so suddenly the crew found that they had a Viggen above each wing, escorting the Air Force One down to a military air base.. the president (possibly Nixon?) was said to be somewhat overstrained..

SAAB 32 Lansen

F36A0631_DxO_full by Erik Astrom, on Flickr

F36A0639_DxO_full by Erik Astrom, on Flickr

F36A0642_DxO_full by Erik Astrom, on Flickr

F36A0672_DxO_4000 by Erik Astrom, on Flickr

F36A0719_DxO_full by Erik Astrom, on Flickr
 
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Nat_WA

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Thank you very much for feedback, Click, Graham, Roo, Steve and Dantana. I missed the other main airshow over here so (thankfully) there will be no flood of pictures this time
37 Viggen is a beast, it is said to be the only fighter ever that has managed to intercept the SR-71. :) The altitude needed was probably above the service ceiling for J37 so it was not without problems but somehow the pilots managed to intercept and lock on the SR-71.
There is also another (unconfirmed) story that the U.S. Air Force One once took a shortcut through swedish airspace but "forgot" to file a flight plan, so suddenly the crew found that they had a Viggen above each wing, escorting the Air Force One down to a military air base.. the president (possibly Nixon?) was said to be somewhat overstrained..

SAAB 32 Lansen
Whether true or not, I like the story :p
Some impressive flying from the 'Lansen'; and certainly also some impressive pictures taken! (y):cool:
W.
 
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Erik X

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The 37 Viggen doesn't need any runway, any decently straight paved road will do.. :)
And it can reverse too, check at 10:50 in this movie

39 Gripen only needs 800 meters of 16m wide road but I guess it is very close to the absolute minimum.. I'm not sure if the heavier E/F-versions are guaranteed to operate on such short runways, maybe they will need a few meters more :p

 
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