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.
|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|
To be added
Introduce JAS 39E Gripen into service.
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.
Details of designation system to be added.
Current Aircraft Inventory
All-Time Aircraft Used List
Aircraft NOT Used
104 50 Stockholm 80.
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
Historical Orders of Battle
List of Historical Orders of Battle – to be added.
All-Time Flying Units List
To be added.
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.
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