DATABASE: Saab 37 Viggen In Service

DATABASE: SAAB 37 VIGGEN IN SERVICE

The Viggen was very advanced when it entered service — and at the top of its game on retirement

Test pilot Lars Bandling having climbed out almost unscathed, first production AJ 37 37001 burns fiercely at Linköping on 21 June 1971, its reverse thrust system having given trouble. 
ÅKE ANDERSSON/SAAB VIA HANS KAMPF

An order for 100 AJ 37s was placed on 20 March 1967. It was followed by a second contract for 75 examples on 5 April 1968, later increased to 80. The latter batch included roughly one squadron of AJ 37s and three squadrons of reconnaissance S 37s.

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