Saab AJS-37 Viggen (7-52 / SE-DXN) from the Swedish Airforce Historic Flight (SwAFHF)
at the Royal Netherlands Air Force Open Days 2019, Volkel (the Netherlands)
The Saab 37 Viggen is a Swedish single-seat, single-engine, short-medium range combat fighter with a low double delta wing and with two canards equipped with flaps, intended to replace the Saab 35 Draken. Development work on the type was initiated at Saab in 1952 and, following the selection of a radical delta wing configuration, the resulting aircraft performed its first flight on 8 February 1967 and entered service in 21 June 1971. It was the first canard design produced in quantity. The Viggen was also the most advanced fighter jet in Europe until the introduction of the Panavia Tornado into operational service in 1981. Several distinct variants of the Viggen were produced to perform the roles of strike fighter (AJ-37), aerial reconnaissance (SF 37), maritime patrol aircraft (SH-37) and a two-seat trainer (SK-37). In the late 1970s, the all-weather fighter-interceptor aircraft JA-37 variant was introduced. The AJS-37 is an upgraded version of some AJ/SF/SH-37 between 1993 and 1998, with avionics and software upgrades. In November 2005, the Viggen was retired from service by the Swedish Air Force (SAF), having been replaced by the Saab JAS-39 Gripen.
Each year the Netherlands armed forces services organises open days on a rotational basis. Open days are intended to show how the Netherlands Defence organisation works for peace and security throughout the world. On these days everyone is welcome to have a look behind the scenes.
The 2019 Royal Netherlands Air Force Open Days took place at Volkel Air Base, home to 312 and 313 F-16 Fighting Falcon squadrons.