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Saab’s development during 77 years

Short, but Awsome video, very good documentary, about Saab’s development during last 77 years…

This year is exactly 77 years since Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget, SAAB, was founded to supply Sweden with domestically produced aircraft during times of war. A lot has happened since then and Saab has developed in many ways, but we are still in operation under the name Saab.



1937 
Work begins on the first large assembly hall at the factory site in Linköping
18 may 1940 B17 first flight 
Saab’s first B17 aircraft is delivered 1942. A total of 322 B17 light bomber and reconnaissance aircraft were manufactured.
1942
Saab B18 first flight. Around 280 Saab B18s were build .
1943
Saab J21 first flight. Around 54 Saab J21 where build during 1945 to 1946.
1945
Saab J21R first jet flight. About 64 Saab J 21R converted from prop to jet engines. In service 1949 – 1957.
1946
Saab 91 Safir first flight. 323 Saab units were build In 5 verions.

Saab 92 Ursaab prototype is build.

1948
Saab enters the modern aeronautics era with the Saab J 29 Tunnan (The Flying Barrel).
1950
Saab 92 commenced in 700 units
1952
Saab J32 Lansen first flight, 447 jet fighters were build.
1954
Airspeed record in J29C with an average speed of 977km/h


1955 
The Draken’s chief designer Erik Bratt and chief test pilot Bengt R. Olow. SAAB J35 Draken – the first supersonic aircraft – represented a huge advance in the development of aeronautical engineering.
1955
Saab Sonett or Super Sport or Saab 94, only 6 Sonett were made
1956
Saab 95 7-seater, 110527 were bilid
1957 

Erik Clarlsson took 1st place in 1000 lakes Rally in Saab 93
1967 
The maiden flight of the Saab Viggen aircraft.
Saab 99 is compact luxury car produces by Saab from 1968 to 1984. 588k were made
1978 
Saab introduced a TURBOCHARGER in 1978 in its Saab 99 Turbo
1983 
The maiden flight of the Saab 340 aircraft.
1984 
Saab 9000 its large executive that build from  1984 to  1997.
1986 
Saab Viking
1988 
JAS 39 Gripen A first fligh
1992 
Saab 2000 first flight
1996 
Saab JAS 39 Gripen/B  first flight 
1999 

South Africa places the first export order for the Gripen.
2000
Through Celsius, Saab instantly acquires several hundred years of defence industry history. The factory in Bofors has been manufacturing guns since the 1800s, and their operations stretch even further back in time
2002
The first contract for NLAW. Sharc
2005
Saab expands its activities in South Africa through the acquisition of Grintek.
Neuron /
2006 
The acquisition of Ericsson Microwave is complete. It gives Saab a leading international position within radar and sensor operations.
Giraffe
2006 
Contracts are signed for an airborne surveillance system for Pakistan. One of the biggest deals in Saab’s history becomes a reality.
Gripen SA-01
Skeldar

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