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SAAB 37 Viggen in detail

General views and camouflage

n by Martin Waligorski


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General view of the aircraft on public display at the outskirts of the Old Town in Stockholm. This machine is the instructional airframe, and although the low-level camouflage pattern is real, the numerical markings 7*37 are fictional.

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The camouflage has for many become synonymous with the Viggen, but it is actually used on other aircraft for low-level missions. The pattern is very strictly regulated, and identical on every airframe

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More of the camouflage can be seen here on the aircraft's port flying surfaces. The colors are black green, dark green, light green and sand brown. The mix of these colors gives an effective concealment against terrain background, which in Sweden is often covered with forest.

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The large nose radome is painted black.This is a standard "fighter" radome. Some AJS Viggens upgraded from earlier reconnaissance versions have different radome with forward-looking camera window underneath.

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The aircraft's fin. This view shows clearly that the camouflage is completely matt.

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