This is Gripen, a proof that SAAB makes not only good cars, but also good planes:
There were some Swiss F/A-18’s, which is weird since I cannot recall Switzerland having anything that looks like an aircraft carrier. Sadly, I did not have the time to ask the pilots which Swiss bank hides their carrier or if ordering carrier based ships has something to do with Greece having a ministry for economics.
The Norwegian defense ministry has been seen advertising the purchase of sweet new but not even finalized F-35A’s, which are in not only my humble opinion the most effective money sink since SDI.
Also part of the show: flying fuel tanks, AWACS, boat hunters, helicopters, and a Catalina.
And, obviously, some flying (shot with shutter priority, 1/320 or more, any comments on the quality of the pictures are welcome):
|You wouldn’t believe it, but takeoff sounds a lot like being in the front row in a metal concert|
|Belgians, formation flying|
Some random photos:
|Old, but still kicking|
|Look into the abyss… no, into the engine of an F-16|
|“Isn’t it cold up there?” – “No, we are pretty much hidden from the wind”|
|The wing as a rain shelter|
(Editorial: I came to the conclusion that cross-publishing my blog in G+ yields a higher view count. I think I will do that again, just to test my hypothesis.)