This is where ‘born from jets’ came from….
Saab unveiled its first vehicle 60 years ago, in 1947, hence the big celebrations from the car company that bears the Saab name.
There’s another Saab celebration going on this year as well, though. It’s 70 years this year since the founding of Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget and there was a celebration this week in Linköping. This came through from Jörgen and as you can see, it would have been quite a visual feast.
I took part in the VIP event today in Linköping. The city where it all started 70 years ago. 500 specially invited guests from 35 countries took part in a day filled with aviation.
The SAAB 17 plane flew, this plane should have been in the air at the Anniversary in Trollhättan. Most of the planes ever built by SAAB took flight with the exception of th J29 Barrel. The SK 37 Viggen showed off the awesome short take off and landing in less than 600 meters! Thrust reversing system running both enabling short landing besides the unique ability to “drive” in reverse on the ground.
There’s two here and plenty more after the jump. Click on any of these to enlarge.
And I should mention that Jörgen has a few nice ground-based Saabs of his own – very sweet indeed and you can check them out here. I’ve also posted three pics of his cars after the aircraft pics.
And for a little extra fun, here’s Jörgen’s three Saabs. Again, you can check them out here. Great stuff!