Swedish Air Force

Operator Profile

History

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.

Markings

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

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

Organisation

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

Books

Swedish Military Aviation Bibliography – to be added.

Magazines

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

Websites

wikipedia: Swedish Air Force

Scramble: Swedish Air Force

PlanePictures.net

Airliners.net

Air-Britain Photos: Swedish Air Force

Swedish Military Aviation

Yahoo Groups: Swedish Air Force

Military Aviation in Sweden

Current Aircraft Inventory
Swedish Air Force

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
SAAB JAS 39C Gripen 65 65 9 Fighter-Bomber
SAAB JAS 39E Gripen 0 0 60 Fighter-Bomber
Gulfstream IV 5 5 0 EW
SAAB 340 AEW 6 2 0 EW
SAAB 340 1 1 0 Mapping
Lockheed KC-130H Hercules 1 1 0 Tanker
Lockheed C-130H Hercules 5 5 0 Transport
SAAB 340 3 1 0 Transport
SAAB JAS 39D Gripen 20 20 4 Trainer
Pilatus PC-21 0 0 20 Trainer
SAAB 105 72 72 0 Trainer

 

National Markings
Swedish Air Force

This section describes and illustrates the various national insignia used by the Swedish Air Force since its formation:



  
Main MarkingFin Flash

1926-1937
Upon the formation of the Swedish Air Force on July 1926, the previous Army and Navy national markings were standardised as three black crowns on a white disc. Blue and yellow rudder stripes were also introduced. The main marking was displayed in the standard six positions – above and below each wing and on each side of the fuselage.



  
Main Marking

1937-1940
May 1937 saw a change to a main marking that featured the national colours – three yellow crowns on a blue disc. The fin flash was removed. The main marking was displayed in the standard six positions – as before.




Main Marking

Low Visibility Variation

1940-present
In 1940, with the war in Europe getting closer to Sweden, a thick yellow outline was added to the marking to enhance its visibility. This marking continues to be used today. The roundel is displayed on the fuselage sides of helicopters, and in the standard four wing positions and on the fuselage on aircraft. No fin flash is used. Transport aircraft carry SWEDISH AIR FORCE service titles.

Historical Order of Battle for 2006
Swedish Air Force

Wing Division Type Base
FlygTaktiska Kommando
F 7 “Skaraborgs” Flygflottilj
  1 JAS Flygdivision JAS 39A Gripen Satenas
  2 JAS Flygdivision JAS 39A/B Gripen Satenas
  3 Transportflygenhet C-130 Hercules Satenas
  Sambandsflygrupp Sk 60 Satenas
F 17 “Blekinge” Flygflottilj
  1 JAS Flygdivision JAS 39 Gripen Ronneby
  2 JAS Flygdivision JAS 39 Gripen Ronneby
  Sambandsflygrupp Sk 60, Tp 100C Ronneby
F 17M “Bravalla” Flygflottilj
  Flygburen Spanings Radar-Division Saab S 100B Argus Malmslatt
  Signal Inhamtnings System-Division S 102B Korpen Malmslatt
  Transportflygenhet Tp 102, Tp 100 Stockholm/Bromma
  Open Skies OS 100 Malmslatt
Krigsflygskolan Grundlaggande Fly Gutbildning Sk 60 Malmslatt
Krigsflygskolan Grundlaggande Taktisk Utbildning Sk 60 Malmslatt
Krigsflygskolan Team 60 Sk 60 Malmslatt
  Sambandsflygrupp Sk 60 Malmslatt
F 21 “Norrbottens” Flygflottilj
  1 JAS Flygdivision JAS 39C Gripen Lulea/Kallax
  2 JAS Flygdivision JAS 39A/B Gripen Lulea/Kallax
  Typingsskolnings-Telekriggruppen/TIS-TK SK 37E Viggen Lulea/Kallax
  SWAFRAP JAS 39A Gripen Lulea/Kallax
  Sambandsflygrupp Sk 60, Tp 100C Lulea/Kallax
FMV – Forsvarets Materielverk   Misc. types Malmslatt, Karlsborg, Vidsel

Current Order of Battle
Swedish Air Force

Wing Division Type Base
FlygTaktiska Kommando
F 7 “Skaraborgs” Flygflottilj
  71.Stridsflygdivisionen JAS 39C/D Gripen Satenas
  72.Stridsflygdivisionen JAS 39C/D Gripen Satenas
  Sambandsflygrupp Sk 60 Satenas
F 17 “Blekinge” Flygflottilj
  171.Stridsflygdivisionen JAS 39C/D Gripen Ronneby
  172.Stridsflygdivisionen JAS 39C/D Gripen Ronneby
  Sambandsflygrupp Sk 60 Ronneby
F 21 “Norrbottens” Flygflottilj
  211.Stridsflygdivisionen JAS 39C/D Gripen Lulea/Kallax
  212.Stridsflygdivisionen JAS 39C/D Gripen Lulea/Kallax
  212 Regionalatransportsflygdivisionen Tp 100 Lulea/Kallax
Luftstridskolan
  Flygskolan Sk 60 Malmen
  Team 60 Sk 60 Malmen
  Grundlaggande Fly Utbildning (GFU) Sk 60 Uppsala
  Grundlaggande Taktisk Utbildning (GTU) Sk 60 Uppsala
Transport-och Specialflygenheten (TSFE)
  71.Transportflygdivisionen Tp 84 Satenas
  72.Ledningsflygdivisionen S 100B, OS 100 Malmen
  73.Signalsspaningflygdivisionen S 102B Korpen Malmen
  74.Signal och Transportflygdivisionen Tp 102 Stockholm/Bromma
FMHS (Fire, Rescue and Technical Training School)
    GI airframes Malmstad

All-Time Aircraft Used List
Swedish Air Force

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Aerospatiale AS 332M1 Super Puma 11 1989 1998 France
AB Flygindustri Fi 3 5 1945 1945 Sweden
Agusta A109LUH 20 2002 1998 Italy
Agusta AB204B Iroquois 7 1962 1998 Italy
Albatros 120 hp 4 1926 1929 Army
Albatros C.I 12 1926 1935 Army
Albatros B.IIA 3 1926 1929 Army
Armstrong Whitworth Siskin IIA 1 1926 1926 UK
ASJA Type 2 2 1932 1940 Sweden
Avro 504K 5 1926 1928 Army
Avro 504N 1 1926 1928 Army
Avro Lancaster I 1 1951 1956 UK
Beech 18 Expeditor 3 1940 1958 USA
Beech Super King Air 200 4 1988 2004 USA
Bell 206 JetRanger 1 1994 2004 USA
Bell 412 5 1994 1996 USA
Boeing Vertol 107 10 1963 1993 Japan
Bristol Bulldog 11 1930 1940 UK
Bristol F.2B Fighter 1 1926 1935 Army
Bucker Bu 181B Bestmann 121 1942 1956 Germany
Caproni Ca 313 84 1940 1945 Italy
CASA C.212 Aviocar 3 1986 1998 Spain
Cessna 404 Titan 3 1983 1989 USA
Cessna 550 Citation II 2 1999 2001 USA
Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina 3 1948 1966 USA
de Havilland DH.60 Moth 2 1928 1936 UK
de Havilland DH.60T Moth Trainer 10 1931 1947 UK
de Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth 36 1932 1953 UK/Sweden
de Havilland DH.90 Dragonfly 1 1937 1943 UK
de Havilland Mosquito NF.XIX 60 1948 1954 UK
de Havilland Vampire F.1 70 1946 1956 UK
de Havilland Vampire FB.50 310 1949 1967 UK
de Havilland Vampire T.55 57 1953 1968 UK
de Havilland Dove 1 1947 1967 UK
de Havilland Venom NF.51 62 1953 1960 UK
De Havilland Canada DHC-4 Caribou 1 1961 1962 Canada
Dornier Do 24T 1 1945 1951 Germany
Douglas 8A-1 103 1938 1950 USA/Sweden
Douglas C-47 Dakota 8 1949 1984 USA
DFS Kranich 30 1943 1955 Sweden
DFS Weihe 19 1943 1954 Sweden
English Electric Canberra T.11 2 1960 1973 UK
Fairchild 24 deLuxe 1 1940 1941 USA
FFVS J 22 201 1943 1952 Sweden
Fiat BR 3 1926 1932 Army
Fiat BR.1 2 1926 1937 Army
Fiat CR.42bis 72 1940 1945 Italy
Fieseler Fi 156 Storch 26 1938 1961 Germany
Focke Wulf Fw 44J Stieglitz 87 1936 1967 Germany/Sweden
Focke Wulf Fw 58 Weihe 4 1938 1957 Germany
Fokker C.VD 9 1927 1946 Netherlands/Sweden
Fokker C.VE 40 1927 1945 Netherlands/Sweden
Fokker F.VIII 1 1942 1944 Netherlands
Friedrichshafen FF.33 8 1926 1929 Navy
FVM S 21 10 1926 1930 Army
FVM S 25 10 1926 1932 Army
FVM Tummeliten 29 1926 1935 Army
Gloster Gladiator I 37 1937 1947 UK
Gloster Gladiator II 18 1938? 1942 UK
Gloster Grouse II 1 1926 1929 UK
Grumman JRF-2 Goose 1 1951 1962 USA
Gulfstream IV 4 1992 current USA
Handley Page Hampden I 1 1938 1945 UK
Hansa Brandenburg 31 1 1926 1927 Navy
Hansa Brandenburg 32 10 1926 1931 Navy
Hansa Brandenburg 42 6 1926 1935 Navy
Hawker Hart 45 1934 1947+ UK/Sweden
Hawker Hunter F.50 120 1955 1969 UK
Hawker Osprey 6 1934 1947 UK
Heinkel He 3 2 1926 1927 Navy
Heinkel He 4 7 1926 1931 Navy
Heinkel He 5 40 1927 1948 Sweden
Heinkel HD16W 2 1926 1939 Germany
Heinkel HD19 6 1928 1937 Germany/Sweden
Heinkel HD24 8 1926 1939 Germany/Sweden
Heinkel HD35 1 1926 1931 Germany
Heinkel HD36 21 1927 1940 Germany/Sweden
Heinkel He 114B 12 1941 1949 Germany
Heinkel He 115A 12 1939 1952 Germany
Junkers F.13 3 1928 1946 Germany/Sweden
Junkers W33 1 1933 1938 Sweden
Junkers W34 2 1934 1953 Sweden
Junkers Ju 52/3m 5 1940 1945 Germany
Junkers Ju 86K 56 1936 1958 Germany/Sweden
Junkers Ju 86Z 1 1940 1958 Germany
Klemm Kl 35D 85 1939 1957 Germany
Lockheed C-130E Hercules 3 1965 19?? USA
Lockheed C-130H Hercules 6 1965 current USA
Macchi M.7 4 1926 1927 Italy
MBB Bo 105CBS 10 1986 1994 Germany
McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II 1 1964 1970 USA
MFI 9B Militrainer 10 1966 1967 Sweden
MFI 10B Vipan 2 1962 1964 Sweden
Miles Falcon 1 1940 1944 UK
Nieuport-Delage NiD.29 C1 10 1926 1930 France
Noorduyn Norseman VI 3 1949 1959 Canada
North American NA-16 137 1937 1953 USA/Sweden
North American T-6 Texan 257 1947 1972 USA/Canada
North American P-51B/D Mustang 161 1945 1954 USA
North American Sabreliner 2 1982 current USA
Percival Pembroke C.52 18 1955 1977 UK/Denmark
Phonix D.II 30 1926 1933 Army
Phonix D.III 11 1926 1933 Army
Phonix 222 37 1926 1930 Army
Piper PA-31 Navajo 8 1985 1996 USA
Raab Rk 26 Tigerschwalbe 25 1932 1945 Sweden
Reggiane Re 2000 Falco I 60 1941 1945 Italy
RWD 13 1 1940 1947 Poland
Schneider Granau Baby 31 1942 1955 Sweden
Schneider SG-38 41 1942 1953 Sweden
Seversky 2PA Guardsman 2 1940 1953 USA
Seversky EP-106 60 1939 1952 USA
SAAB 17 225 1940 1952 Sweden
SAAB 18 243 1942 1959 Sweden
SAAB 21A 305 1943 1954 Sweden
SAAB 21R 60 1947 1957 Sweden
SAAB 29 Tunnan 665 1948 1976 Sweden
SAAB 32 Lansen 456 1952 1997 Sweden
SAAB 35 Draken 583 1956 1998 Sweden
SAAB 37 Viggen 343 1967 2005 Sweden
SAAB 39 Gripen 176 1988 current Sweden
SAAB 91 Safir 100 1947 1993 Sweden
SAAB 105 154 1963 current Sweden
SAAB 340 3 1990 current Sweden
SAAB 340AEW Argus 6 1997 current Sweden
Scottish Aviation Bulldog 101 58 1971 2001 UK
Sparmann S1A 10 1936 1947 Sweden
Sud Aviation Alouette II 11 1959 1987 France
Sud Aviation Caravelle III 2 1971 1998 France
Supermarine Spitfire PR.XIX 50 1948 1955 UK
Svenska J5 Jaktfalken 1 1930 1933 Sweden
Svenska J6 Jaktfalken 17 1930 1941 Sweden
Svenska O 8 Ovningsfalken 1 1930 1931 Sweden
Svenska O 7 Piraten 1 1929 1937 Sweden
Svenska Sk 8 Skolfalken 1 1929 1938 Sweden
Swearingen Metro III 3 1984 1998 USA
Vertol 44B 2 1958 1964 USA
Vickers Varsity 1 1953 1973 UK
Vultee 48C 0 1939 19?? USA
Waco UIC-4 1 1939 19?? USA
Waco UKC-4 1 1940 1944 USA
Waco ZQC-6 1 1940 1946 USA