‘Baby’ Draken refurbished as full-size example loaned to new museum

Unique Saab 210 Draken set to emerge from restoration in Linköping

The jet, which first flew on January 21, 1952, was built at approximately two-thirds scale of the eventual Saab J 35 Draken, its aim being to test the project’s distinctive double-delta shape. The resulting Draken, which first flew on October 25, 1955, inherited the experimental aircraft's name.

The Saab 210 was at the time the world's smallest aircraft equipped with an ejector seat. It made its final flight on October 25, 1956, accruing some 286 flying hours in total. Previously on display in silver and orange livery, the aircraft is being returned to its original silver and black scheme, at Linkoping’s Swedish Air Force Museum.

The Saab 210 is receiving attention in Linköping
The Saab 210 is receiving attention in Linköping Lennart Berns

Another Draken – a full size example – is now on display at a new museum in Sweden. Opened in 2022, the Vollsjö-based Värngårdens Flygsamling features J 35F Draken 35592 as well as the fuselage of the second Saab J 32B Lansen prototype (32502).

The Lansen was used for ejection seat testing. Both jets are on loan from other museums, and are the collection’s only two military aircraft. The attraction, in southern Sweden, otherwise comprises a variety of light and homebuilt civilian aircraft collated by Anders Rosqvist since 1983.

Among these is an unfinished, three-quarter scale replica of an Airco DH 2. Other British aircraft include the fuselage of Auster V SE-BZB (TJ513) and Tugmaster 6A SE-ELI (TW529). Two Gardan GY-80 Horizons are on display – a third example is destined to receive Aviation Royale Khmere (Cambodian Air Force, AVRK) colours. The AVRK was the sole military operator of the type. With thanks to Lennart Berns and Jan Forsgren

Draken 35592 is on loan from the Österlens Flygmuseum
Draken 35592 is on loan from the Österlens Flygmuseum A Rosqvist via J Forsgren