And so I was.
It was a very fun day, starting and ending in rain. To say the weather was strange is a big understatement but dress properly and that is not a bother.
Entering Malmslätt by the main parking lot, the first thing I saw was the static displays in the far distance. C-130 Hercules and C-17 caught my attention easily enough but moving closer, you started to find the more interesting gems on the field.
|Mustang and Spitfire|
|Helikopter 16 Blackhawk|
|Saab Historical Flight Line|
|J-35J Draken and AJ-37 Viggen|
|Swiss Air Force display Team|
|Baltic Bees with L-39 Albatross|
Now, what pretty much everybody present was there for was of course the Saab Aircraft. Whoever says differently is probably a liar. Swedish Air Force Historical Flight and other associations have done a terrific work to restore airframes to airworthy conditions. The early Swedish Dive-Bomber B-17 made an impressive appearance, simulating dive-bombing.
|For King and Country!|
Then we had the Historical Six-Flight taking off...
(The Flight also included a SK-60 but I missed its take-off)
|Helicopter 14 (NH-90)|
|Helicopter 16 Blackhawk|
Then it was time for the big moment of the show. The Saab 6-Flight...
..and their landing was given so much attention that a civilian show was slighly postponed...
After this, we was treated with a display by the Helicopters and troops, announced with danger-close blank-firing from a Helicopter 15...
All simulated targets destroyed, zero casulties. Simple. Considering how the Fifteens poured it on, one would think that there would either be no need for ground troops - or Blue-on-Blue - but its a display, so we will let it slide ;-).
After this, the air shows continued.
J 32B Lansen and Hawker Hunter does not seem like that odd a pair to couple, but they are quite different in the air...
|Eager to defend The Scandinavian Front|
For some reason, the official display team of the Air Force, Team 60 are currently in Decommission. Why this is the cause, I do not know, but their place today was taken by instructors at the Malmslätt Flight Academy.
After this, a customer of the Gripen was allowed to show their stuff. It would become an inofficial competition about who could fly the Gripen better - the South Africans or the Swedes...
Then came one of the highpoints of the show. A solo display flight of AJ-37 Viggen!
The day was really awesome, and I got away with a few nice experiences and some neat loot. Aside from a Helikopterflottiljen Shirt, I also got to sit in Helikopter 16 Blackhawk and SK60...
|Yes, I tried to hijack it but I was not allowed to. Bugger.|
|The fact that I have been inside a blackhawk have yet to sink in yet.|