VIDEO: Swedish Air Force unveils new Viggen capability – sledding!

[CORRECTION: The video shows the Viggen, not the Gripen. Still, I'm sure it's available as a retrofit option.] I hope Saab updates its Gripen sales pitch. The never-revealed-before sledding feature of the Swedish Air Force fourth-generation fighter could be decisive in a close sales competition with the F-35. Forget AESA. If only the Norwegians knew about this, the F-35 wouldn’t have had a chance in Oslo!

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7 Responses to VIDEO: Swedish Air Force unveils new Viggen capability – sledding!

  1. John Latz 20 December, 2010 at 1:49 pm #

    Dual inline main wheels – Viggen, not Grippen…

  2. Hank Barber 20 December, 2010 at 7:58 pm #

    Is this THE Infamous John Latz??? Good catch on the Viggen.

  3. Dave 21 December, 2010 at 7:30 am #

    If this was an American crew, their careers would be over…

  4. Psuedonymous 21 December, 2010 at 5:41 pm #

    Nice catch! The clip it self is 10 years old though, suprising it hasn’t spread until now :)

  5. Stephan Wilkinson 21 December, 2010 at 8:39 pm #

    It’s not “sledding,” it’s an age-old Scandinavian sport called skijoring, nothing new about it but the Viggen. (People have skijored behind airplanes for years, usually Piper Cubs actually in flight.) Skijoring originally involved horses as the pullers, but since then everything but a Formula 1 car has been used, and if Mika Hakkinen had heard about the Viggen, he’d have been out there with the two-seat McLaren Mercedes in which he used to give press rides.

  6. jetcal1 21 December, 2010 at 10:04 pm #

    Oh sure, take away taxi-quals from the enlisted and see what happens! But a Viggen? I understand that it was an exceptionally noisy airplane. (Hard to think of a JT8D as noisy!)

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