Swedish Air Force

Operator Profile

Key Facts

Current Title:
English Title:
Swedish Air Force
First Established:
ICAO Code:


Narrative Summary

In 1912 the first aircraft was presented to the Swedish Army. An Army Aviation Corps was formed with this aircraft, plus a second example. On 1 July 1926, the Army and Navy aviation units were amalgamated into the Royal Swedish Air Force, an independent service. The air force expanded rapidly during World War Two to meet the increasing threat from Germany. Postwar, the air force pioneered the concept of operating jet combat aircraft during wartime from roads and concealed airfields around the country.

Key Dates:
1 July 1926    Swedish Air Force formed from amalgamating Army and Navy air arms
1951    First jet aircraft delivered – SAAB 21R
1959    First helicopters received – Alouette II

Current Status

To be added

Future Plans

Introduce JAS 39E Gripen into service.


National Insignia

National Markings

Aircraft Serial Numbers

The Swedish military serial numbering system consists of a five or six-figure number, with the first two or three numbers being the aircraft type designation number and the remaining three numbers and individual identity number which normally starts at 001 for each type, e.g. JAS 39C 39230.


Aircraft Designations

Details of designation system to be added.

Current Aircraft Inventory

Table of Current Service Aircraft

All-Time Aircraft Used List

All-Time Table of Aircraft Used

Aircraft NOT Used

False reports of aircraft on order or in service


Main Headquarters

104 50 Stockholm 80.

Organisational Structure

The basic operational unit is the Flygflottilj (wing), made up of 2-4 Flygdivisionen (squadrons), each with approx 18 aircraft. Each wing also has an attached flight, a Sambandsflygrupp for liaison duties.

Current Order of Battle

Table of Current Order of Battle

Historical Orders of Battle

List of Historical Orders of Battle – to be added.

All-Time Flying Units List

To be added.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The main air bases currently used are Karlsborg, Lulea/Kallax, Malmslatt, Ronneby, Satenas, Stockholm/Bromma and Vidsel.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

In addition to the main bases, there are also a number of smaller airports and airfields around the country which are sometimes used by the Air Force.
Military Air Bases Listing – to be added.

More Information


Swedish Military Aviation Bibliography – to be added.


World Air Power Journal No.5 p.146-151
Air Forces Monthly October 1989
Air Forces Monthly November 1997


wikipedia: Swedish Air Force

Scramble: Swedish Air Force



Air-Britain Photos: Swedish Air Force

Swedish Military Aviation

Yahoo Groups: Swedish Air Force

Military Aviation in Sweden

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