You will not believe this weird flying machine flew 1,000 test flights 60 years ago

Nov 22 2012 - 3 Comments

The Saab J-35 Draken is one of the most famous Swedish aircraft, ever.

However, its particular double delta wing configuration was something never seen before in the ’50s and, in order to move towards that new shape, a special test-bed scale model was developed.

The experimental aircraft, that was given the designation Saab 210 Lill-Draken, was scaled down to 70 percent of the planned size and was then used to test the low speeds flight characteristics and to validate the assumptions made before undertaking full-scale construction.

The weird flying machine (a flying saucer-plane-car hybrid) made its maiden flight on Jan. 21, 1952, piloted by Bengt Olow

According to SAAB, their first and only experimental aircraft in history (currently on display at the Air Force museum in Linköping, Sweden) “performed around 1,000 test flights over four years. The results provided valuable experience during development of the Saab 35 Draken.”

Image credit: SAAB Group

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  • Efapilot

    Looking at the pic … understand why 1000 were not enough!

  • lalucre

    Kind of scary, to know that the Draken were in active use in the Austrian Air Force as fighters until 2005. They were then replaced with the Eurofighter Typhoon.

  • Joakim

    The museum is great, check it out if you pass by: