I got a shipment of stuff from my friend and colleague, the former Viggen pilot.
It’s a binder from the SwAF with the text ”Hemlig”, which means Secret. Thought I’d print the Heatblur Viggen manual…
The gloves are used SwAF m/71 issue. Going to use them for displaying the Viggen Stick and do some promotion pics when I start selling.
In 2004, when I was aboard CVN-74 at North Island, a polite came down to my office one day and said something like I just saw a plane crash over at the airfield and was wondering if you could identify it. He showed me his phone where he had recorded a video. A Draken landing and then doing a ground loop off the runway. No fire but it looked like he damaged a main mount.
The Draken was a privately owned aircraft, part of the dissimilar fighters–“Orange Air”–that were set to fly agains out strike group as part of a big exercise (C2X for @Navynuke99 and the other USNers in the crowd). We pulled out later that day so I never found out what had happened.
So, thus began my sad history with Saab aircraft…both real and simulated.