SAAB J 35 Draken Suomi

In memories of Draken in Suomi airforce

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Arkistojen kätköistä - From the archives: Ilmavoimat 1980-luvulla - Finnish Air Force 1980´s
Näyte Pääesikunnan tiedotusosaston tilaamasta Puolustusvoimien esittelyelokuvasta 1980-luvun alusta. Arkistofilmin nykymittapuulla heikosta kuvanlaadusta huolimatta, huomio kiinnittyy upeisiin ilmakuviin ja ajan hengen mukaiseen, puolueettoman valtion hävittäjäkalustoon. Ilmavoimien käytössä torjuntahävittäjinä oli neuvostoliittolaisvalmisteinen MiG-21 BIS ja ruotsalainen Saab 35 Draken, joiden nähdään elokuvassa operoivan mm. maantietukikohdista. A sample from a film presentation of the Finnish Defence Forces comissioned by the Public Relations Division of the Defence Command Finland in the early 1980´s. Despite the lack of image quality by modern standards the film offers some stunning aerial footage of the fighter planes of the era. Due to official policy of neutrality planes were acquired equally from east and west. At the time Finnish Air Force fighter jet force consisted of the Soviet built MiG-21 BIS and Swedish Saab 35 Draken which are seen operating from road bases in the film.





Finnish Air Force MiG-21
Finnish Air Force MiG-21 BIS at Lappeenranta Air Show in 1993





The Last Swedish Saab J35J Draken - October 2002
The last Swedish Saab J35J Draken that still in active service. Built in February 1969 designated model "F". This was the last Draken to be converted to model "J" by Saabs service-life extension program. The plane was delivered in August 1991. This was filmed by me in a private airshow in a windy day, October 2002, just prior to receive a new paintjob.





The Flame Spitting Saab Draken at Waddington Airshow.
We were treated by the Swedish historic flight, as they brought along this unique looking jet to Waddington's annual airshow.




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