TA7203 - SAAB JA37 Viggen 1/72

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Saab 37 Viggen took to the skies for the first time on February 8th 1967, in the hands of test pilot Erik Dahlström. The first studies that lead to the Viggen were conducted as early as 1952. The Swedish Air Force (Flygvapnet) needed a replacement for Lansen and Draken, that at the time had yet to enter service. The aim was to produce a multirole fighter able to replace all different aircraft types in the inventory. The Swedish strategy was at the time based on dispersion of the aircraft and this meant that the new fighter had to be able to take off and land on 800m long strips of roads. Combined with requirements for high speed and good performance at all altitudes meant that Saab had to choose an unconventional design. A large delta wing provided good performance at high speeds and a canard wing provided positive lift which ensured good low speed handling. In order to ensure short landing distances, the aircraft was equipped with a thrust reverser, enabling the Viggen to reverse on the ground.

The fighter version of the Viggen, JA 37, differed significantly from the earlier versions. In fact, it was considered to be half a generation younger. Mods included a fixed 30mm Oerlikon automatic cannon, new pulse Doppler radar, new avionics, the fin from the Sk 37 trainer version and completely new electronics.

JA 37 had a more powerful engine, the RM8B, giving 12750kp in full reheat. The new engine was longer and required the fuselage of the fighter version to be lengthened. The first JA 37 was delivered to F13 wing in Norrköping in 1979. Production ended in 1990 after 149 airframes. At that time, JA 37 served with F4 Östersund, F13 Norrkö-ping, F16 Uppsala, F17 Ronneby and F21 Luleå. The JA 37 Viggen served in Flygvapnet until 2004. Two of the aircraft on our decal sheet are preserved: 37338 at Vidsel and 37449 at the Air Force Museum in Linköping. Many other JA 37s are preserved at museums in Europe. However, only 37415 and 37449 are airworthy but due to the advanced electronics it’s highly unlikely that any JA 37 will ever fly again.

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