Saab Military Aircraft is performing high angle-of-attack flights as part of the last phase of testing of the JAS39 Gripen. The trials are designed to test the aircraft's manoeuvre load limiter, which allows the pilot to use full control inputs without exceeding safety limits. Saab's second test aircraft, repainted in black, has been modified for the tests. The aircraft's cockpit instrumentation has been stripped down to essential dial displays to allow them to be read more easily during violent manoeuvres, and an anti-spin chute has been added. According to Saab test pilot Olaf Rignell, tests so far have been carried out at steady-state angles of attack of up to 28°.

Source: Flight International