VIDEO: First flight of Saab Gripen for Royal Thai Air Force



Flightglobal’s Craig Hoyle writes:



Saab celebrates first flight of Thai fighter

Thailand’s first of at least six Saab Gripen C/Ds has made its first flight from the Swedish manufacturer’s Link√∂ping facility.

Flown by a Saab test pilot, the two-seat Gripen D completed its 80min debut sortie on 16 September.

“The Royal Thai Air Force will start their training on Gripen inSweden next year, and the fighters will be delivered to Thailand in2011,” says Saab.

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6 Responses to VIDEO: First flight of Saab Gripen for Royal Thai Air Force

  1. barry martin 17 September, 2009 at 6:47 pm #

    the thais don’t need gripens, they need more f-16′s. used and cheaper!! who are they going to fight?—themselves. iceman

  2. RobH 17 September, 2009 at 9:34 pm #

    Geez, no Thai Fighter jokes??

    I heard that the Saab test pilot for this flight was Imon the Leader…

  3. MaryX 21 September, 2009 at 1:51 pm #

    to barry martin: I don’t think the thais investition into gripens was so bad.

  4. Chaiwat Kosatanakom 12 October, 2009 at 2:41 pm #

    It’s extremely funny to read some comment saying that

    “the thais don’t need gripens, they need more f-16′s. used and cheaper!! who are they going to fight?—themselves. iceman”
    Dear Mr. Martin,

    This commentator still has no idea even who we going to fight so how could you waste your time reading his comment. Thai love peace and always ready to fight with the enermy so why we choose this jet fighters as our replacement fleet at wing 7. If you have no idea of how obsolete those used C/D if compare to the Gripen. You should start learning of what is the classification & generation of the fighter aircraft is! Then seriously study in details of each aircraft and you will be more smarter a- hole!

    Barry Martin, now do you have some idea of where to start studying of the classification & the generation of modern fighter aircraft. If you still being nut, read on this web!! Gripen is in the same class as Rafle, Eurofighter, Raptor and it!!!

    Fight with whom, it is not ourselves but I will personally kick your ass if you come to my country!!! DO NOT DEFAME THAI OR I WILL KICK YOU ROTTEN A-HOLE!

  5. skuteczne pozycjonowanie 28 June, 2010 at 9:16 pm #

    Great site and nice text.

  6. Erick Crofoot 24 July, 2010 at 2:45 am #

    That is a very interesting post, Patents are needed for all new technology. If you come up with something be sure to get a patent on it or you may just have your technology copied.The Visto Philosophy mimics The Real Networks Philosophy… “When you can’t sell your products on your own, just sue anyone else that does the job better.”

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