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Saab FJ-35 Draken

By Htam

2019_TAM_7274_D500_AuroraHDR2019.jpg@ Paso Robles, CA

August 2019

Stopped by the Estrella Warbirds Museum on my way back from Camarillo and saw a few new additions to the collection, including this tired Draken. Introduced in 1960, this classic Swedish jet would serve until 2005 (Austrian Air Force).  The Draken (Dragon) was the first fully supersonic aircraft to be deployed in Western Europe and the first aircraft to do the Cobra maneuver (Swedish named it “kort parad”).  This particular aircraft was part of the Royal Danish Air Forces and one of six flown at the National Test Pilot School at the Mojave Spaceport and retired in 2009.  Nikon D500 w/18-200mm.

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