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Current Title: Flygvapnet
Title in English: Swedish Air Force
Abbreviation: SwedAF


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:
Replacement of all Viggens by JAS 39 Gripen. Three batches totalling 204 aircraft have been ordered. This total may be reduced, with all Block 1 aircraft being offered for sale.
The C-130 Hercules fleet will receive an avionics upgrade. Three aircraft will also have facilities for air-tanking.
S100B Argus AEW aircraft may receive an avionics upgrade.


National Insignia:
Current --- Historical

Aircraft Serial Numbering System(s):

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 Designation System(s):
Details of designation system to be added.

Current Aircraft Inventory:
Table of Current Service Aircraft

All-Time Aircraft Used List:
Alphabetical Order --- Chronological Order

Aircraft NOT Used:
False reports of aircraft on order or in service


Main Headquarters:
104 50 Stockholm 80.

Current 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


Swedish Air Force Official Website

wikipedia: Swedish Air Force

Scramble: Swedish Air Force



Air-Britain Photos: Swedish Air Force

Swedish Military Aviation

The Birth of the Swedish Air Force

Yahoo Groups: Swedish Air Force

Lasses Flygsida

Military Aviation in Sweden

Sweden Military Aviation

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First Created: 1 March 1997 - Last Revised: 17 July 2008
Copyright 1997 John Hayles.    e-mail: john@aeroflight.co.uk