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Former Saab 37 Viggen driver explains how Swedish Air Force pilots were able to achieve radar lock on SR-71 Blackbird

Former Saab 37 Viggen driver explains how Swedish Air Force pilots were able to achieve radar lock on SR-71 Blackbird

In the Cold War era, Swedish JA-37 Jas Viggen fighter pilots were scrambled on 400-500 live Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) missions per year to intercept any unidentified aircraft approaching Swedish airspace. QRA targets came from both Warsaw and NATO nations

During that QRA missions, JA-37 Jas Viggen fighter pilots were able to achieve radar lock on SR-71 Blackbird many time. Here are our two articles about that QRA missions

Here is an interesting video featuring retired fighter-pilot Thorbjörn Engback explaining how he and other Swedish fighter pilots were able to successfully acquire radar lock on U.S. Air Force (USAF) SR-71 Blackbird Mach 3 spy planes, in their SAAB JA-37 Viggens, by means of the British Aerospace (Bae) Skyflash air-to-air missile.

Be sure to select English subtitles in the settings of the video to enjoy Engback’s story.

 

At the height of the Cold War, when East-West tensions were at their greatest, Swedish JA-37 Jaktviggen (or fighter Viggen) fighter pilots were scrambled on 400-500 live Quick Reaction Alert (QRA)missions per year to intercept any unidentified aircraft approaching Swedish airspace.

The SR-71’s awesome performance capabilities provided a unique opportunity for Swedish fighter controllers and JA-37 fighter pilots to evaluate various intercept solutions against a high-speed, high-altitude threat.

The Lockheed SR-71 “Blackbird” is a long-range, Mach 3+ strategic reconnaissance aircraft that was operated by the United States Air Force

The Saab 37 Viggen is a single-seat, single-engine, short-medium range Mach 2+ combat aircraft that was operated by the Swedish Air Force

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