Attack Aircraft (1926-    )

In a war situation, the task of the attack pilots is to meet the invading enemy on the ground and at sea before he passes our frontier. The road base system of the Swedish Air Force permits the attack aircraft within a short time to re-base to remote places, hard to find for an enemy.  

The Swedish Air Force have use both two-seat and single-seat aircraft for attack duties. But after the A 32 Lansen, all have been one-man operated. The two-seat aircraft had a navigator who helped the pilot with the then often difficult task to find the target and then find the right way back to the base. The navigation means were simple in the beginning; the most important were the compass and a map. But nowadays electronics,  like radar and computers, have taken over most of the navigators duties. 

To avoid discovery, the attack aircraft flies at lowest altitude towards the target. In peace time, the pilots are allowed to fly 20 metres above the surface of the sea. In a war situation, the altitude will be even lower.

Please click on the thumbnails for pictures and information

171_3286.jpg (58432 byte) A 1 - Phönix C.1 Dront E.2 (1926-1935)
SAAB A 21A-3

A 21A - SAAB 21A (1947-1954)

116J21R103-0335.jpg (47838 byte) A 21R - SAAB 21R (1949-1957)
174J28B.jpg (37885 byte) A 28B - De Havilland Vampire Mk 50 (1953-1957)
175A29F7roedCSatenaes55-07.jpg (76044 byte) A 29B/E - SAAB 29 "Flygande tunnan" (1954-1957)
176A32A141-4194.jpg (103609 byte) A 32A - SAAB 32A Lansen (1955-1979)
177AJ37.jpg (64821 byte) AJ 37 - SAAB 37 Viggen (1972-2005 )
JAS 39 Gripen - Attack mode JAS 39 - SAAB JAS 39 Gripen (1992 -     )


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